Here in the dark language fails.
Your hand traces rivers on the map
of my back. They all flow south.
You look at me without speaking
but I need to fill this space, make manifest
the destiny I feel lying naked in your arms.
Language fails. I can not explain
what you will find as your explore me.
I want to warn you, to tell you
I am riddled with danger, mountains
of snow, and valleys of hurt, miles and miles
of solitude. But you are young and brave
and your fingers are so gentle on my skin.
I will guide you. Together maybe
we’ll reach the far shore. Language fails
but the maps do not lie. You draw
me closer. I press my words to your mouth
and let the warm waters rise.