handle a large kingdom with as gentle a touch
as if you were cooking a small fish. -lao tzu
this nakedness: there is a realness to it.
the mystery is solved. at last.
crooked nights when it was long in our thoughts.
quiet days when the mind was empty
and you think of the body of the other.
what to touch, what to taste.
a sacred thing, the act of it.
and now the kingdom is offered to you,
and you, in turn, offer up a kingdom as well.
the dye is cast. the rose is tossed.
the mind is empty and the kingdoms are surrendered.
nakedness. nothingness. every beginning is new.