At one in the morning he climbs in bed next to me. Lips at the back of my neck, our arms and legs tangling. He whispers confessions so sweet they can only be said in the dark.
The sun comes up and he tells me that every word still drips with honesty. He does not shy away from loving. Doesn’t shy away from anything.
A life conceived of saying what we mean. Openness and validation. Reassurances and listening.
During dinner he makes me laugh until my belly aches and I finally remember what it feels like to be excited about living. Not even sure if “remember” is the right word. This is new.
We are all hand holding and bleach-scented hotel sheets. A new beginning that gets to be whatever we want it to be.
When everyone else leaves the room, he leans in to kiss me. All soft lips and safety, his hands engulf my body.
I finally understand what it feels like to not be fumbling. Roots. Wings.
He loves me steadily. An exponential graph of passion and longing welcomed happily.
Still life. All shadows and light. Everything about him is home. Comforting.
And when he goes to sleep I rest my hand on his hip and pull him into me. Knowing that I want to be right here for as long as he’ll let me.