How We Touch From a Distance

Now six years? Is that right? 

That she discovered specific things about how your body wakes up.

And you borrowed rope from the station to tie her hands

Behind her back at the wrists. 

 

Honestly, I don’t remember what you did to her,

How you touched her or where your mouth went.

 

Most clearly I see what you must have seen:

shoulders retracted, collar bone casting shadow

Over her rising chest, eyes sharp, 

hips playfully protesting, rising hungry.

What you called luminous to look at.

Do you want to be perpetually close?

You seemed to ask for that in some 

Young way years ago:

 

Once while tracing your fingers

Along her sinking spine

Leaning to kiss whales, clouds,

Like warm flickering lights

 

Once after you had left

Stolen a book about Morocco

Or somewhere else

Left her with gonorrhea  

Or was it chlamydia? 

 

You expressed needing

More of her.

 

And you grasped at her

Without saying

When you tattooed the likeness

Of her ink on your arm 

And then your back

And your chest. 

How you whispered when you told her that

 

There’s no precision left in this story.

 

How you whisper to her now

About adoration

About the multiverse

About collision.

Althea Seloover, 2020