I ached for you and you for me
and when we found us we locked ourselves in
and breathed, and inhaled each other,
releasing our contagions to stoke the coals of desire
until our low grade fever burst into flames
and ignited passion’s wild fire,
happily alone together in our spring.
there is no dried kindle to coax into soft and tentative flames.
Instead, winter’s end finds damp indifference and decayed flesh,
cold ash in the curves and the crevasses,
dull and aching bruises covering thin and fading lines,
and all of the other damaged places
where passion once burned.
As thick as the colorless sky that dimly lights these
days of gray and white and black,
where heartbeats are replaced by murmured whispers,
where shadows lengthen and spread
across the locked and rusty gates of the garden,
where its icy fingers remain,
unwilling to relinquish their corroded grip.