Prayer to the Goddess of Lost Love|
To have and to hold.
Is there any other way to say it?
I could say flesh like cream silk as if
“flesh like cream silk” hasn’t made forests
of dark marks on every poet’s page.
But I do not have the flesh and do not hold it.
Do not hold her.
Ayako, I do not have you and do not hold you. Cream
through my fingers, and I’m still licking the places on my toes
where I think the droplets hit.