Apprehension threading my soul
dangerous beast with its claw in the shallows
stirring circles in the stream
Spilled blood spools downriver

vein in a sea
sea in a vein
your body in me

Wheel with a needle
another kind of circling
brings us back
It is not the mountains
towering over the sea
it is the ocean that falls
green tear kisses
another kind of beat

Heart in your hands
not in my chest
where it was born to me
air is richer in your arms
the risk I take every sunrise

It is after sunset
holding no one
I see how exposed I am
the kind of shadow
throwing a slow ripple of presence
across the shore

When our stirrings meet midcenter
how will the wave fall