Sleeping Over

First published in Blithe Spirit 8:3, September 1998, page 31. See also “Dew on a Rose.” The first poem (in the image) was published in Hiroaki Sato’s Erotic Haiku anthology (Tokyo: IBC Publishing, 2004). +

my sheets in the laundry

in case you might

stay over tonight

grocery shopping—

first condoms

since the breakup

my fingers

quivering . . .

brushing your buttons

flickering candle . . .

the curve of my palm fits

the shape of your breast

the candle flickers . . .

she smiles and says

my panties are edible

the ice cube

held between my lips . . .

hardens your nipple

your rhythmic breathing . . .

my jeans on the floor

bent at the knee

riding you . . .

the tip of my tongue

across your lower lip

distant waves—

the stretching of your neck

with my thrusting

in the garbage can

wrapper of a condom brand

I don’t recognize

awake in moonlight

beside you

I watch your chest rise and fall

hitting the snooze button,

I disappear

back into my love dream