While she was dreaming

I draw you in
like a deep breath
with my eyes
watch the gentle rise and fall of your breast

touch the smooth skin of your cheek
I give you secret words
as you sleep
like prayers to a goddess

I see so many things in you
feel the tenderness of your heart
pains you rarely share
pains that run deep

A future lays out before me
a glimpse of things to come
but the future-memory fades
leaving me in darkness

The light of your beauty steals me away again
I touch your cheek
let my finger run down your jaw
across to tender lips

I soak in the beauty you radiate
like a flower soaks in water
giving it life and hope
you give me the same