Chance Encounter

I embrace this body as if were mine, to own;
it helps me to experience sensations
of being alive and free and loved.

The warmth of skin, the scent of hair,
the weight and pressure and softness,
like a warm clean blanket,
give me a sense of security.

But I don’t assume that a blanket is mine to keep,
simply because I slept more comfortably in its presence.

I awake refreshed, grateful for a good night’s sleep;
I go through my day, not worried about the coming night’s comfort.

Your embrace terrifies me, because I cannot stand the uncertainty
when you let go.
Your scent slowly fades from memory, replaced by the fear
that I will never again sleep peacefully.

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