‘Come Slowly-Eden’ By Emily Dickinson

If only you knew how heartbreakingly beautiful you are,
How you are so many perfect things,
How your touch is honey,
How your absence stings.

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Come slowly—Eden
Lips unused to Thee—
Bashful—sip thy Jessamines
As the fainting Bee—

Reaching late his flower,
Round her chamber hums—
Counts his nectars—
Enters—and is lost in Balms.

Emily Dickinson
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In Xanadu

‘That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!’

Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I was day dreaming of
Love again,
You know how it goes…
So I tried to keep my eyes clamped shut
My body from waking but there wasn’t much
I could do when the sun started to shine
And life started to stir
More than squeeze my eyes shut even tighter,
Anything rather than wake up.

I’ve become good at it too,
Lying there with the real world held at arms length
As I slumber and dream of
Ever after, being loved,
Loving.

I guess you might call me a fantasist
But I can create every fantasy you
Want me to,
You are my imagination to
Conjure with in those restless hours before sleep, before wake
Where you belong to me.

I wish this dream to last forever
To stay here with you in Xanadu where
I will let you taste the milk of paradise
In the slumber of my need
Amidst those half dreamt, dreams of you.

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Lilies by Claud Monet, 1916

I want to hear your laughter,
The way its ripples extend out
Into shallow, glittering waves at sunrise
To where I swim naked amongst monet’s lilies,
Until I find myself in the centre,
Circled by circle after circle after never ending circle of
You

The joy
In this quiet moment is
More than anything I can believe possible

I will it to last,
To feel its gentle blue eyed lap against me whenever I swim and
I find I am not afraid to
Be here in this
Lake of mine, of
Yours, with its tangle of reed and hidden depths
That threaten to ensnare the legs
Of loveless bathers.
I know
You will keep me there
In the middle
With your warm wide circles
That could be arms
Or could be smiles
Or could just be.
And
Mine, is the heart that beats
At the centre of it all as
We dance and are
Spun and polished
Going dizzy as we go to that place
Where we can
Be the sunlight flashing on the water and
On soft silver skin
And span, sun spangled out,
Together.