after a long day with you, a nap makes all the difference.
a moment in the bathroom to dress away from where you sit at the bed's edge
we've lived together long enough
you know my clothes
it's hard to surprise you.
still, i try,
find a strapless
because you just don't love
my shoulders enough.
makeup and perfume
new playthings i enjoy now
ah, your slowly building smile when you finally see me
a lesson in the difference between cumbias and mambos
a careful dance of chicano soul and blues haikus
the art of a trumpet and the streets overrun by drums
an ex always in the room
strangers lovingly touch backs to move through the standing room only bar
a meal shared with friends
I close my eyes for a moment and you ask if something's wrong.
I look through my body my mind and my spirit and say I'm good, my everything is humming.