‘I can teach you many things’
‘Like what?’
‘How to love’

Oh, only you could
with your heart made of gold
and rippling sun rays
only you could utter such a heavenly
string of words
and like your being, it ended in
the greatest one –

I am here
remembering how well you loved me
you —
my blessing and my curse
for now I will never settle for anything less
than the kind of enduring safety
the fold of your arms allowed
the immutable definition of
the promise of a man well endowed
with all that it takes and means to be
memorable, original, refined
only to a man like you I could belong

This is my promise
if or when I am to see you again —
you may call me yours, and I have no doubt
I shall not grasp for freedom
because now I know it’s all about
having your arms right where I need ’em

“I already know how to love”
foolish girl, I did not know
but now I can tell
your true love fired higher than the sun above
you taught me, and you taught me well
dreaming of you, I immeasurably feel
that everything you did –
all the other ones will fail
So I am inescapably taken,
I am waiting —
recover me
from under your spell