The Skilled Lovemaker
An ekphrastic poem prompted by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
What the poet is, is a skilled lovemaker.
He takes the lead but only with consent
For naught but your own desire wills your eyes
To his next word, and the next, and so relents.
He builds a playfulness, a hunger…
And ultimately delivers…depth.
Nothing and everything changes in a moment–
The miracle of attention and breath.