On Our Anniversary


At first, we were serious,
with the solemnity
of beginnings -
all must be done right!

Eyes closed,
I memorized the Braille
passages of your body.

The sound of your silence
drowns out the world.
Beneath the weight
of my words,
I crumble.

Then, we were amorous.
Having learned the route
we looked for shortcuts.

Press me like a flower
between the pages
of your arms,
let my tongue learn
the salty taste of you.

Find a ripple
outward from this joy.
Remember this moment
carved into our past?

Now we are grown,
taking the time
to laugh together
as much as we love.

This is what I want.

©2014 Christopher Reilley

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