Like Air

By Laura Hershey

Like air
we float kite words
fragile signals
and hearts flap
purple wings
Like air
my struggling lungs
seize you
gasp relief
release long-held breaths
capacity unknown
welcoming gulps
of future
Like air
I need clarity
shot through with sunlight
invisibly to buoy me
towards an idea called
My dreams
are mostly silent
Does something
besides distance
obscure us?
Like air
intimacy should be a right
for now
it is only a promise
Like air
you travel my blood’s hungry stream
to every limb
this is how
for now
we touch