by Deborah Oster Pannell

Slip me in

Between the cracks in your schedule

Between the sheets of your bed

Between your memories and your fears

Between your eyes and the moon where I'll twinkle at you

Slip me in somewhere, I won't disturb you

Won't make you want to push me away

Let me be soft and pliable and shape myself

Around you

I've forgotten to be cool

I've forgotten to be casual

I want everything right away

Because I can see how we fit together

For now the only thing I can lose is my vision

So slip me in and we can both be blind

And find each other in the dark by our heat

We will not be the kind of lovers who eat each other

But the ones who curl around one another to sleep

And slip out before the harsh light of dawn.