by Deborah Oster Pannell

Tell me how beautiful I am and I'll dance for you

Tell me how much you love my smile and I'll kiss you softly

Paint a picture of me and I will lie still

Let me see your smile and watch me exhale

Rock me back and forth and my eyes close

I see rocky shores and ocean swells and imagine

That we travel over the waters together

Tomorrow I'll be sitting alone over a cup of

Chamomile tea, blowing across the steam,

Wondering how long it will take to cool down

I won't know the exact moment to drink it

Unless I'm willing to get burned