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  • You came

    With the waves, you came, arched

    like a dolphin, wide grin almost splitting

    your face, sliding over me, a gentle

    night surf, so easy that at first I slept

    between the breakers, sea foam tickling

    my lips and cheeks. You kept coming,

    sucking me into your undertow, pulling

    me out to sea, tugging

    on the buoys that kept me afloat.

    I undulated, kelp

    in your bobbing surf. Your teeth

    erased the opiate dullness of sleep;

    your fangs worried at my dreams.

    Your surf pounded, crashing, splashing.

    When I lifted my face from the water

    to kiss you, we burned and burned,

    phosphorescing

    until we sizzled into dark waves again.

    Mary Stebbins Taitt

    For Keith

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • Image: "The teeth and waves of joy," digitally altered watercolor by me

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