PRESENT TENSE FUTURE PERFECT

We stand so close our souls might just
be touching as if the only
people in the room but I fear
the world is watching
our secret passion sway from wall to wall
beyond the usual boundaries.

Our mutual conspiracy
flamed in the moment of our eyes
the hand that brushed what should not be
in the presence of our proximity.
And it was hard to bear the parting
without having you.

And so we hesitate upon the brink
and wonder if we dare pursue
each otherís inclinations
conjoined alone, completely free
without words or wine or diversity
and your creature almost encircling me.

Keith Thompson
17th December 2003