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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,
until we sizzled into dark waves again.
Mary Stebbins Taitt
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Image: "The teeth and waves of joy," digitally altered watercolor by me