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To Hold You Like Soft Fire // Wordgasm.

To Hold You Like Soft Fire

I wanted to hold you
as if you were
soft fire, as you laid your head
upon my thighs
and you read to me your favorite
poems. Only your tender voice
filled my evening
as it burned
in the quiet of my soul.

I wanted to hold you as if
you were soft fire,
one that smolders slowly
like affection,
the kind that taught us
how bread was made—
with patience and with soft
kneading. Love fed us
this way and kept loneliness away.

I wanted to hold you
as if you were
soft fire, a memory of home
that I carry inside me,
for wherever we went, whether
we were together or apart,
home stayed,
a warm feeling of being
in the love we made.

// 24 Apr 2021

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