Two Bodies

1Two bodies, balanced in mass and power,
2move in a bed through the dark,
3under the earliest human hour.
4A night rocks, like an ark.
5They reach through the ceilings of the night,
6tall as animals.
7Through their valleys bends the light
8of their fertile hills.
9Two bodies breathe their close hellos
10through interlocking pores,
11while that hush of beating slows,
12held, with many oars,
13heart over heart, leg over leg,
14trading still breath, until,
15heart over heart, and seed into egg,
16night holds two bodies still.
Publication Notes: 
Calendars (Dorset, Vermont: Tupelo Press, 2003): 52. Cornell University Library OLIN PS 3556
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
Special Copyright: 

<b>This poem cannot be published anywhere without the written consent of Annie Finch or Tupelo permissions department.</b>