Together we learned how to feel
the pulsating energies of intimacy,
teaching each other to breathe
and to be, embracing each other,
surrendering to the intensity.

In my heart you lay
coiled like an ancient snake.
As if in a dream, I took you with me,
tumbling forth on a leap of faith.

Although I was scared,
you encouraged me,
gently,
with tender fingers on my cheek.

And you,
my dove,
brought me an olive branch
and swore the land was safe to walk upon.
I put away my scissors, my claws, my teeth,
and stopped carving away at myself.

And you,
my love,
were always there,
waiting patiently for me to bloom.

One by one my petals stretch
towards your heat;
I hand myself in a bouquet to you.