Synonyms for Pleasure:
My long arms and the way they reach so many things,
the way they move me through water,
The sound of the ocean with its solid teeth, its
stoic feet, its cheekbones, its eternal change.
The wild wind in my hair, the distance
between people, between places, the electric
geography of absense.
My dog when he snores.
The songs of crickets,
the syrup of memory,
the chlorine cologne of the hotel pool at
the birthday party, the family reunion. The year
you learn you can't possibly ever learn everything,
the smell of sun-soaked skin.
Wisteria, honeysuckle, magnolia, mimosa.
Your sleeping breath.
The smell of your scalp.
Your loveless arms and the day
they pushed me away.