After Abstinence from Issue 51
After years of abstinence from lovemaking
the wild humble shudders of orgasm.
She does not at first recall her sounds,
does not know if she is crying or laughing,
falling or regaining her balance,
drowning or swimming again,
Her own voice rising in her ears
sings that delicate and brutal aria, yes
she knows it now, remembers how
the wind comes rushing through her
with hurricane force, sweeping the breath
from her throat in short, sweet gasps.
Pure, brief moment of life.
Then a gathering response: the echo
of her seaburst transfixes for an instant
before plunging into its own delight.
Winter night cold and black.
A wave from the past lifts her up
and crashes into its extinction.