how it melts

melts in your mouth
melts in your hand

melts like massage oil
melts into your back
in candlelight

melts like a sugar cube
on the tongue

the way ice thins
on a march lake

the way winter
melts into spring

hand into hand
on the long walk home

melts as bodies melt
as heat slides into heat

drips down thighs like rain
before the rainbow comes

melts as you melt
when you let it go
and it goes

melts like indecision
into the moment of
perfect knowing

like unwashed memories
into the forgiveness
of sleep

like dreams into
the harsh light of
singular awakening

melts like a snowball
in hell


© 1999 by
michael mcneilley