overflow

i

i cannot keep

my hands from tracing

the smooth outline of your bow shaped

lips

i cannot tame you

any more than

the mountains can tame

the rivers that cut through swiftly

my heart is set at overflow

for the half wild, half man

i

i cannot pin you down,

can’t change your mind,

your hair, your clothes

and that twists the valves to

overflow-

others may come and go,

wishing to alter

that which they find

uncivilized

i

i live for the space

between your breath

and mine,

not a moment wasted-

when others find themselves

left with less,

all i feel is overflow.