Many journeys you are loath to speak of,
you loved them that much then. Who am I
to denigrate your child's eyes opening . . .
The Holy Land. Dead seas raise no dust
where no one walks, they have to ride
in getaway cars to reach the wailing wall.
I don't want to take you where you were.
My cities are holy, west, south, east, north.
Hold my hand in yours and never let go.
Lead me, love. I have work to do. I have
eyes to see my cities through your eyes.
We tour the storm you lead me through.
Seattle was my Rome, San Francisco Paris,
New Orleans its own. All the East was ours:
Boston, the Outer Banks. North, snow fell.
We go anywhere we want as long as I sleep
with you free from the demons always in you
a man put there to torture you until collapse.
Rack, Iron Maiden, Poe's Pendulum destroy
all my house holds sacred, you. I carry you
out of the dungeon, nail it shut, scrawl Closed
Forever. You are here where I will be
when you say, I want you inside me. I am
pouring my life into your body. I love you
and hold your luminous body's long hair
I breathe as you sleep, the summer
my body woke with yours to our first day.
There is no need to dress where God rules.
He wears the stars, tramples the moon,
bathes in the sun. We shall not be His slaves.
My love, let me back in. Your door opens
with my key. The lost creatures below us
look up. Animals we love, who love us.
(29 July, 5 August 2014)
copyright 2014 by Floyce Alexander