Downy white hairs 
Kissing your cheek
Lines hugging face
Curves cling to waist

My eyes wrap round
Your whole being
Love who you are
In every possible way

A painter poised
Dips nib on palette
Tenderly caresses
Curves and shades

From whispers
To grand gestures
Silence fills blank space
What's left unsaid

Presence like a guest 
Stepping backwards
Canvas a kaleidoscope
Never erased

To be…

Grace me your presence 
I'll show gratitude
With woven keepsakes
Letters penned with
Nervous fingers
Eyes squinting through
Brave smiles
Tinged with tears
Their worth on earth
Compared to the hours
Spent deliberating
From conception
To delivery
So many gifts
Not borne
Out of propriety
Cakes pretending to be
Bouquets of flowers
Dates quiet candle lit
Bars of mirrors
Flowing golden liquid
In glass walled shrines
Escaping the haste
To a yellow cottage
On the coast
With nothing but
A bottle, a book
And ourselves
Dreams that teach me
Who I am
To be

Love that keeps you warm

Finest ink bleeds in time with percussive beats
Knowing well each drop more precious than gold

Unlike the burst of black cloud shrouding fear
Tentacles shooting across infested waters

Knowing where to find the spark for perpetuity
A lifeline in veins of penned prose

Splayed in restless phrases seeking
To be absorbed by stark gaze

On the pure chance her and I might be the same
Apart from desire to pour presence into silence

Stand fast like a tidal wall as passing rush
Tsunami crawls back to capacious sea

Entranced with affect, she pours into me veritable
Encyclopedia of past dreams evading dust of settling

Vain hopefulness turns weather crow 'round
Conjuring up necessary resistance to passing storms

Time together a transfusion
A love that keeps you warm

Here be dragons

Mine is a joy of colour
Burned in my brain
So brightly borne
On night forlorn
I hardy seem the same

A name so entrancing
It fair evades the jest
The sound of it
Steeps pride within
Its brush long stood the test

Spent many a day observing
The detail in its grain
To widen gaze
A spellbound daze
Defies grande window pane

Blue as the sky opens, timely
Cool as the vast southern sea
Ancient creatures
Surely teach us
How humans ought to be

Wise as blue whale roaming
Fear kraken, now mythical beast
When power and lust
Turn forests to dust
Here be dragons, man unleashed
Painted cliffs, Maria Island, Tasmania