Bodies at Rest and Motion

I have always loved
the first time
with a new lover
the sense of adventure
experiencing their skin
for the first time
lining up our curves
our edges
exploring how our bodies
fit together

I have always loved
running my hands
over a new lover’s
uncharted topography
inquiring about scars and tattoos
lazily connecting
constellations of freckles
with a trailing finger
seeing what shapes emerge
reading the history
of a body

I have run my hands over
skin taut with youth
flush delicate and pink
I now tangle my fingers
in salt and pepper hair
memorize laugh lines
observe how the passing of time
gathering of experience
both softens someone’s edges
while simultaneously revealing
something lean

© 2016 Revised 2020 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

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