This Man

When this man covers my little green hand (it is green – my mother was Italian and our skin is green as olives) with his large brown hand it is as warm and large and snug as a shell for a snail or a hollow tree for a rabbit (as I imagine it must be).

This man’s hand doesn’t grip mine. It doesn’t force connection. It rests over mind companionably, softly, protecting it from the wind and the sun and the air, like my hand’s intended and natural nest.

Which is exactly what this man is to me when he nestles his body against mine at night and whispers “good night, sweet girl” into my neck and makes me forget that my hands are not little and I am not sweet but often sour and 50 and no longer a girl because to him

            with him

            I can be soft 

            and sweet

            and little

            and it’s such a relief to be those things again

            after many, many years

            where I could not be.

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