Watershed – A Duet

spied you staged behind forest bark
watching as in flowing cloak, I dart,
light fading, you give heated chase,
let me lead you from here to away

lay me down under spring willow tree
our sun is setting, skin chill settling
moss soft ‘neath these bared breasts
offering you my secret watershed

scratches from bramble and briar thorn
crown of holly and oak leaf
musky scent of earth and skin
dusk light filtered through branch and limb

breath comes in rolling waves
a nocturnal awakening of the wood
cooling and receding from the hours of the day
flesh warm and welcome joined with sounds of the night 

growing deep inside my lush fertile glen
heart patters like ritual drumming pagans
raptured voice escapes moaning throat
fists grip grass as crescent moon rose

overhead, the glow of a pale moonbow
time herself pausing in reverence now
hands tell stories in trace of shadows
along rolling terrain of beating chest

arboreal cathedral of oaken rafters
open to the heavens
upon this hallowed ground
this ritual reaches its fevered pitch

like thunderclap on the edge of a storm
desire explodes into a moonlight chorus
the essence of life runs down beneath
to soak into the green earth and become dreams


* A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure to work together with Emily C. of Poet Girl Em on this piece. It was an absolute joy to do with her. Emily has a depth of talent that I fiercely admire…It was a tragic failure on my part to not post this sooner but, I hope that you enjoy it now.

Many of you follow us both so it will come as no surprise to you how expertly she weaves her words along with mine…and as such, mine are made better by the proximity of such beauty.

Emily’s are in normal typeface
Mine are in italics

Thank you again, Emily, for the dance…it was wonderful. ❤

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7 Responses to Watershed – A Duet

  1. Wonderful words, my friend!

  2. psaintsmith says:

    This, as I told Em, was the collaboration I waited for. Amazing! Bravo, bro👏🏻

  3. Emily says:

    My pleasure, always, E! ❤

  4. Y’all harmonize well together. Stunning piece

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