Skin (revisited)

It is rumored that there are 50 words

In the Eskimo language for snow

I ponder

Why are there not 50 words in the

English language

That I could draw upon

To describe that moment

When your bare skin

Touches my bare skin?


Many call me a writer, a poet

And yet words utterly fail me when I try to capture

That first exquisite brush of contact

There should be words to convey

How many textures a single human body can contain

From the smoothest silk of the insides of your arms

The iron of your biceps

The hair on your chest

The calluses on your feet when our legs brush


There should be a whole new language

To describe

The warmth of your body under our sheets

Pressed up against mine

It is not just the heat of rising passion

It is also tender blush

That spreads from my cheeks to my toes

Warmth that radiates outwards

Easing my winter chill


There should be at least 50 words

To describe the sensation of

Our mouths meeting in the middle of the night

We have created a symphony, a lilting duet

Between us for lips and tongues and teeth

That has only been refined over the years


There should be  at least 50 words

In this inadequate mother tongue

For how the feel of your nakedness

Pressed reverently against mine

Our lips and hands entangled in each other

Takes me blessedly away

From the chaotic overpopulated city inside my head

Allowing me for a moment

Just to be


© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

22 thoughts on “Skin (revisited)

  1. Such is the instant sense, transcendent knowing of connection, vulnerability justified, that takes us out of the world of words, where even “love” seems too small a word, a pale shadow of that reality which leave us no way to not “be here now.” I wonder whether having words for that might spoil the moment, maybe, but still, what a gift to poets, except it might deprive them of the challenge of seeking them so beautifully.


  2. If there were at least 50 words to describe those feelings I wouldn’t have been able to read this wonderful piece. 😊


  3. Oh my, Christine!!! This is one of your most elegant and exquisite pieces! I really, really loved this! And you are right by the way – there should be 50 words to describe that blissful feeling of which you speak, and speak so well! Bellissimo, Christine, Bellissimo!!


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