The ache
which smoldered
deep in my belly
like an old iron stove
has been extinguished
recently by a chance
like bumping
into someone
the surprise turned
to laughter turned
to passion
hands were free
to explore terrain
once soft and circular
then firm
with determination
suddenly we
weren’t strangers
but lovers
ensnared in a Chinese
finger puzzle
they tighten
when you leave