UNDERNEATH THE BED

That's the scary part:
the lump in the throat,
the feeling of weightlessness
before plunging off the edge
of a roller coaster,
the ground fading away
as the plane takes flight,
the moment before the needle
pierces the skin --

or the less dramatic:
the first step,
the sudden glance,
sweaty palms against each other,
the not knowing,
the cold of the sheets,
the sex of a glowing clock --

and after:
the ice in your glass,
the empty in mine,
the last sip,
the draw of a cigarette,
the darkness,
the silence,
our eyes still on fire,
the music heard,
the morning yet to come.

 

 

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