She Sings My Body Electric

(for starry-eyed lovers everywhere)

She sang my body electric
When her hazel eyes first caught mine
Sending adrenaline sparks
Into my trip-hammering heart
Arresting my breath for an instant
That breezy April afternoon while
We flew kites beside the sea

She sang my body electric
Those times our bodies joined
And her rhythmical undulations
Would overload my circuits
Her fingers gently clawing my back
Those star-domed May nights
In our private meadow

She sang my body electric
When I trembled before her
In front of a hundred smiles
And she gazed at me through gossamer lace
Her white-gloved hand reassuring me
Her sparkling eyes enchanting me
That warm June day when
She locked her lips with mine

She sang my body electric
When she clenched and screamed and swore
Sending the first of many jolts of worry
Into my furrowed new-Dad brow
Making me wonder
What on Earth I had signed up for
That hot July night when
Two became three

She sang my body electric
When she banished our son to his room
For acting up again in school
That golden September afternoon
And I buzzed with pride at how lovingly
She was raising our children

She sang my body electric
While she coaxed joy out of
An untuned, battered piano
Lighting up a scattering of wrinkled faces
Those chilly October evenings
In the musty party room
Of our nursing home

She sang my body electric
Filling my belly with laughter
While she smiled and joked and bantered
Regaling the medical staff with wit
Those rainy November nights
While her body was losing the war

She sang my body electric
From underneath the soil
While I sobbed and heaved
Splashing the ground with brine
That cruel January day
Amidst silent stone and faded flowers

~~~~~

She sings my body electric
As I lie in my little bed in my simple room
While her celestial whispers
Brighten my weary heart with hope
That we will again be united
Some breezy April afternoon
While from her resting place emerge
Green shoots of love eternal

She sings my body electric

– Paul Raworth Bennett

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