After the first astounding rush, after the weeks at the lake, the crystal, the clouds, the water lapping the rocks, the snow breaking under our boots like skin, & the long mornings in bed. . .
After the tangos in the kitchen, & our eyes fixed on each other at dinner, as if we would eat with our lids, as if we would swallow each other. . .
I find you still here beside me in bed, (while my pen scratches the pad & your skin glows as you read) & my whole life so mellowed & changed
that at times I cannot remember the crimp in my heart that brought me to you, the pain of a marriage like an old ache, a husband like an arthritic knuckle.
Here, living with you, love is still the only subject that matters. I open to you like a flowering wound, or a trough in the sea filled with dreaming fish, or a steaming chasm of earth split by a major quake.
You changed the topography. Where valleys were, there are now mountains. Where deserts were, there now are seas.