We strode among the mountaintops
laughed at its hearty depths
full of dangerous beauty, we dared
each other to the edge
A man of bold provocations
that only I could hear
“I am King of Earth and Sky,” he said, “all this world is mine.”
He knew the mountain’s song
and weaved his legs between mine
he was a master of the dance,
sight and sound.
When his stomping feet
pierced the ground,
he threatened all with his daring
I slid myself beneath his toes
to stop the world from breaking.
They were charged with hot
electrical momentum –
two fires that raged in the night
one after another they fell
in passion and desire
swept with madness across each other’s lives
he was like the ram,
powerful and alive
and she loved like a lion in the dark
howling for each other
breath upon breath,
their bodies swayed in a newfound trance
as they loved
their oceans burst together
rivers surged and forests burned with need,
will against will,
heart becoming one –
they fought their battles with unconditional love
wherever they went
death followed their steps,
the old ways died and their old lives
one by one on the horizon,
as the transformers reshaped the world in their dance
they bore one other
along the bones and broken dreams,
their bodies transfixed with mighty wonder –
there came the wings
borne across each other’s backs –
wings that promised of another chance.
She asks me to love her like winter
like the gnarled cries of the bare trees
she longs to be adored
like the bitter sting of cold at her feet
she begs for worship,
for love to melt like crystals
hands and lips to greet her tongue and gentle cheeks.
“Be pleasing to my taste,” she begs
like the winter air that loves my lungs.”
The tender snow graces her hair and
with the sweetness of God shaping every snowflake
I feel my body my sins my soul
the ice cascading in my breath—
“Love me the way you love the night
like the heavy ice that shapes the branches.
Melt with reluctance.
Die before you are parted from me.
Bear me like the winter earth, like the ice beneath my feet.
Love me with your every naked limb and longing cry.”