Fireflies in a Jar


If I could

I would bring you inside my skin

so you could feel

the sighs and shivers of

that sinuous snake that has

taken up residence

in my belly

so you would know

the tightening and sweetness

the thought of you brings

and the heat of awareness

that slides gently over my limbs

so you could hold in your hands

the uncertainty

and uneasiness

that permeate my days

so you could set them free

like so many fireflies loosed from a jar

and together we could

watch their blinking lights

be swallowed by the sun

as it rises over the railing of

the verandah where we sit

I with my coffee

You with your tea

while a curly-haired little girl

blows raspberries at our feet.

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