She is about to come. This time,
they are sitting up, joined below the belly,
feet cupped like sleek hands praying
at the base of each other’s spines.
And when something lifts within her
toward a light she’s sure, once again,
she can’t bear, she opens her eyes
and sees his face is turned away,
one arm behind him, hand splayed
palm down on the mattress, to brace himself
so he can lever his hips, touch
with the bright tip the innermost spot.
And she finds she can’t bear it–
not his beautiful neck, stretched and corded,
not his hair fallen to one side like beach grass,
not the curved wing of his ear, washed thin
with daylight, deep pink of the inner body–
What she can’t bear is that she can’t see his face,
not that she thinks this exactly – she is rocking, and
breathing- it’s more her body’s thought, opening, as it is,
into its own sheer truth.
So that when her hand lifts of its own volition
and slaps him, twice on the chest,
on the pad of muscled flesh just above the nipple,
slaps him twice, fast, like a nursing child
trying to get a mother’s attention,
she’s startled by the sound,
though when he turns his face to hers-
which is what her body wants, his eyes
pulled open, as if she had bitten-
she does reach out, and bite him, on the shoulder,
not hard, but with the power infants have
over those who have borne them, tied as they are
to the body, and so, tied to the pleasure,
the exquisite pain of this world.
And when she lifts her face he see’s where she’s gone,
knows she can’t speak, is traveling toward something essential,
toward the core of her need, so he simply watches, steadily,
with an animal calm
as she arches and screams, watches the face that, if she could see it,
she would never let him see.
Poem number two of the three part poem entry that I started with the shipmakers wife. I hope you all enjoy it, it is my absolute favorite.