It was here one night,
among white blossoms and junipers,
that we lay and were touched
while the rest of the world snored
in their small beds.
We breathed frost words to breezes on branches,
breathing deeply in the deep woods
with no earthly destination,
hidden behind the pulse of dawn
throbbing on a trigger’s touch.
You were delicate incense I lit alone.
my fingers found the sweep of stars on bare skin—
a house-warmth murmur of Christmas gold when you breathed.
You were a bird
whose only cry came in color in the company of starlight,
whistling up the violets
in a garden wilderness of morning delight,
flowering into streaming pink and gold,
and fleshed with last night’s rose petals when dawn came to us.