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December 16, 2009
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Electric fingertips
probe the soft fault-lines
of flesh,
replenish warmth
upon dull, frozen skin.

Something about “friend”
leaves us frosted inside—
only half (alive).

We are lovers
without the kissing,
without the bulls***.
Like Shakespeares of intimacy,
we sculpt new words
to define the bond
of your hand to my spine.

Our clasped hands
ignite the earth,
drop a red-hot glow
against Winter’s glare.

With love (invincible),
hope (eternal),
our flesh infuses—
we melt

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