Beautiful feeling, beautiful meeting-
I want to melt into your arms more
But I don’t trust things that are pleasing.
This pleasure could be deceiving.
My soul glows for you in my eyes.
I can’t blink, I can’t hide
What I feel inside.
You’re a hot bath after a stressful day.
You’re the warmth that dissolves my woes
Like the scented salt and suds in the waters below.
I want you close, always.
I should say,
You’re Ibuleve for my tenseness.
I don’t know if I’m senseless
From the cold showers I’ve lived with.
So long, the lukewarm denying my senses
My limbs are tingling, pins and needles but nice
I must say it tonight.
I’ve never been great at being concise,
Using five verses when three words suffice:
I feel safe
I feel loved
I’m not wrong
I can relax
You are right
I want to ease deeper with you.
I want to spend my life with you
I love you.
Originally published as part of 8D Press's New Scottish Writing Lucent Anthology: An Ode To Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain (June 2021). It was a hardback anthology with a beautiful cover and a limited print run, I felt I should archive it here for you to read, seeing as the book itself has sold out. There weren't any e-copies made available, unfortunately.