The Journey

Close your eyes
set sail upon her flesh-home

ride the currents
of this ocean breeze

up and down the waves
where secret isles jut up

surprised by little bumps and mounds
beauty’s dimples

now follow down the spine
where clefts and ridges

like hump back whales

from declivities go unrecognized
as laughter sounds upon the heights

and you hear siren songs from afar
the lover’s moaning of an ancient sea-farer

move on by and into the jungle valley
deep within this hidden world

there is a paradise below this green canopy
that no one yet has conquered

and as it’s gate closes on your eager fingers
you realize you’ve been abandoned

on the threshold
like some half-mad sailor

wandering the earth
stopping at the open tavern door –

you’d tell your tale if only
the orphan at the threshold bid you warm welcome

unlock the door let you step inside
to honor love’s long journey and redress

Steven Craig Hickman ©2014 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited.

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