Skincrawling through the sunlight
ours were the longest shadows cast that afternoon.
Red dust, ground between my teeth
I bared them to you
stuck my neck into incandescence
open fingers grasping at your truth.
Mile markers behind slick reflective lids;
impenetrable metallic membranes-
cold blooded and stagnant
you were reticent reptilian, though and through.
Still I leaned into that rigid carapace
shed my skin in silent friction
winter scales incinerated
and thoughts of you, endlessly exhumed.