some part of me with you

some part of me with you
is never solid

some bit never retains
its perimeter

it seethes, creates secrets
of light and shadow

the inconstant fore-edge
of a storm

some part of me with you
shimmers uncertain

seeps beyond the threshold
of thin skin

as if there were so much
of you within me

what is actually me
cannot be contained

and overflows

© Sarah Whiteley

unforeseen complications

it’s easy enough to say
it’s complicated
and leave it at that

truth is I’ve conjured
enough complications to keep
anyone at arm’s length

a definite divide
to keep separate
your skin from mine

I never guessed
you would simply lean
over the fence

© Sarah Whiteley