Flesh (for Roby)

We talked
for 2 hours
like girl friends
excited we decided
to meet for dinner
to see where things go
like an interview
or interrogation
we hit clubs afterwards
as the night stretched
longer and longer
we got closer and closer
like coats in a closet
rubbing against the other
in public
something carnal gutteral
burned in my belly
it ached this need to dance
with another
with every kiss
touch grind I discovered
a new hunger growling
it ended on my couch
this dance ended in kisses
and tentative fingers on
delicate but thirsty


I write today
like a child
caught in a
like a prospector
spying a lump
of gold
I have witnessed
my own miracle
I can walk
two months ago
I faced life
in a leg brace
I walk around
the house upright
and confident
for those faced
with a bleak prospect
allow no one
to determine your fate
instead focus
on your