Your skin is copper but I see the sky in you. I set the pose, but can't control the curves of your lips' blood-fire, the arch of your eyebrows like dangerous slashes of night, and below, a hush of silk and fur laid bare to studio lights, your chin reared to show a wisp of baby-fat, just enough to whisper innocence. My camera flashes, amazed at the silver pillow behind you, the moon-glare I gambled would make you look like an angel, and won. Your nails lazily graze, like the smallest red daggers, delicate spaces on your shoulders and thighs: a tigress melted to loving submission, a gold chain thin as wire circling the palest part of you, that hammock of moonlight where your two-piece bottom scarred you almond, a punishment for body-kissing the sun. Two same slashes cream the soft hills of your chest, mounds of brown sand crowned by black cherries, where I would taste you first and wait for your teeth in my shoulder, suck in your jasmine, your musk and stare into sapphire, watching the cotton and lace that once hid you shine empty on the floor.
Follow me on Twitter @BlackstonDan for more Desert Nudes and poetry news.
Please don't SHARE this link or poem with anyone. Thanks so much!