S K A T I N G

My chest rose and fell
In irregular fashion
My face held no reveal
You were watching me

Did you know then?


The whiteboard stood for clarity
We stood facing each other
My breasts held your attention
Your eyes held mine

Did you know then?

My hands were warm
My mouth warmer
Waiting for my touch
You were the flavor of heat

Did you know then?

A sound never before heard
Erupted from your soul
A plaintive sigh
In the midst of a kiss

Beckoned more
More
More

Did you know then?

There were notecards
A face in the 22nd frame
My voice feigning tame
My tongue wanting to lick

My words
Beneath your skin
Like ink

Did I know then?

A song and a speech
Awoke me to a dream
The fighter in me
Revived

Wanting to sit in the corner
On your lap
Drinking water from your straw

Did I know then?

Reaching into my wettest parts
You withdrew the words
Used them as a needle
Played records of longing

Unknown by me
Yet remembered by my soul

Did I know then?

Reality, remembrance and longing
Clashed
Crashed
Sending two hearts rolling
Down a mountain of snow

Standing upright
In denial
Safe
Yet dreaming of fire

Did we know then?

The snow began melting
Trees presented with no womb
Unspoken forgiveness colored
The frozen lakes

Did we know then?

Maybe when we wore ice skates
In the thinly veiled continuum of space
When dancing together in our sleep
Waking up to realize we’d been thrown
To land into magnificence

Viewing space as a platform
Needed for dance
Rather than curse
Effected for practice

Seems we questioned knowing when we always knew