Looking Through Stained Glass

I Felt You

I felt you
A city with millions of people wedged between us
You touched me

A slow, easy gossamer susurrus
Eased from the back of my mind
And worked its way forward

Past the myriad of shopping list for groceries,
Home improvement projects and dry cleaning runs
Skipping over the reminder for the 1:30 meeting
And it was already 1:27
Through the jungle of facts, figures and techno babble
That will be my form the verbiage in a few moments
And took over the forefront of my mind,
My heart, my physical and emotional soul
And dropped them straight into the moments
Just before afterglow

And I inhaled

Gone was the fluorescent office glare
The soft glow of candlelight
All that I can see
The white noise of voices
Replaced by the soothing sounds of bass sax heat
All that I can hear

And I exhaled

Vanilla hazelnut coffee, transformed
Into the vanilla scented musk of incense
All that I can smell

And I inhaled

The slow cool slip of air over my tongue
Past parted lips,
Bring back the sweetness of your breath
All that I can taste
In whole, a combination to
Arch my spine backwards
As I subconsciously thrust forward
To the feel of your fingers
All that I can touch

And I exhaled

As fate, spite, karma, Murphy’s Law intervene
My phone rings just as
A co-worker steps up to my desk
My response to both a questioning “Yes?”
And I’m trapped at the verge
As you and he ask in stereo
“Are you coming?”

And I inhaled

He for the meeting now a minute late
You for the dinner in a few hours hence
Somewhere in the echoes of silence
Between the flap of a hummingbird’s wing
The atom’s splitting
And my “Oh!” of surprise
I realize the answer to both question
And a third that could just as easily
Be asked of myself
I close my eyes, grasping the phone
And the arm of my chair tighter
The inside of my cheek taking the punishment
Of my suppressed moan
As I answer all three yet one question

And I exhaled

“Yes…”

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