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
desire
expanding
capacity unknown
welcoming gulps
of future
 
Like air
I need clarity
shot through with sunlight
invisibly to buoy me
towards an idea called
us
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