It is overcast today. I feel a calm
That makes me tremble with life.
Enjoy the sky, but know that
The heart is a molecule of water.
It won’t stay put. It is still, like ice,
Or else frenetic, boiling, aching to disappear.
I am in love with you. I will dissolve these clouds.
Light will reveal you to yourself, from the crevice
Of your collarbone to the leeward
Side of your heart.
Where the rain falls, so does
The grass grow.
I have fallen for you to be resurrected.
My heart is a sky at once cloudy,
At once clear.
I am the Earth. It does not concern me
That you, too, are the Earth.
The clouds make for a murky firmament.
There is a vagary to heaven.
I am a sunken ship. My treasure
Is a kiss carried away by currents.
At first I stirred up dust: I was happily lost.
Now I see the beauty in your feet.
I am making love to you on a bed
Made of all that has settled.
It is like this: the clouds once obscured heaven
By touching it. When they collapsed in violent storm
I felt the rapture in pain. All that touches the beloved
Stirs a lover. Your hand has caressed the whole Earth.
Every leaf, every seed, every pebble
Is in love with me. . .is like the ripeness of your body
Devouring the ripeness of my body.
Written on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004