the way he says "baby"
and the tone of his
voice when he told
me that he loved me
takes hold of me
somewhere from deep
within and seizes
every muscle in my

thinking about it
now makes me tremble
in the worst (and best) way
like i can really
feel those words grazing
against my skin
and brushing all over just the right way

and i think georgia o'keefe
will be going to sleep
happy and exhausted