Written By: Shanesse Wong
Art By: Shanesse Wong
I cannot guarantee that in this world,
my body will receive you
with the openness I often beg for.
It has kept me safe all these years,
A haven carved from necessity in this soft flesh.
There shall be glimpses in the cracks that form,
great canyons of potential
and I shall let myself love in all the ways I know how.
I will remind you that you are not merely the wandering severed half of my soul But the whole I choose to dance with every single time.
When I reach for you,
My fingers will lithe upon your frame
Whisper that your emotions, no matter how strange,
Will always be safe within me.
I will peer into your abyss
There lies all the parts you’ve desperately tried to sink.
Swirling in inky ponds
Ready to overflow in due time.
When they do,
I hope you allow my hands to undress them with you whenever you ask. My understanding of you will be ever growing
Evolving as we have done,
Limbs entangling with chaotic delicacy.
My body shall fold over yours
Where we intersect the world shall never know.
Yet I will declare unceremoniously to whoever will listen
Mouth upturned and head thrown back;
I can promise to choose you
In every timeline,
In every universe,
With every new vessel
and every new mind.