Loving in Cold Weather

Soft skinned and bubbly, child,

You are fresh faced and beautiful

I want to hold you in safer arms and whisper sunny thoughts

You should not be in storms like these

These days of grey and choicelessness

We stay inside to help ourselves

Acquaint ourselves to biscuits, tea and knitted throws

It’s not all bad

Sandwiching yourself between soft things

And in all honesty I want to

Sandwich you in my arms two

No matter how hard they start to ache

Like longings unfulfilled,

Dreams left between the pillowcase and coverlet

Fresh faced with bones unfused

Unready for the wilderness outside.

I’m learning and you’re still learning

Oh we’re learning to translate the howls of wind

Back into its desperate kisses

Learning how to love the bite of winter and the frost

Untamed but limitless

It’s beautiful

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