Saturday, July 16, 2016

Bare Skin

I will only ever love you with my arms behind my back,
because I'm gonna love you heart forward.
It's all I know.


If we knew a year ago what we know now, we would have been kinder, more tolerant of our weaknesses, less rough around the edges. If the last year of our marriage had been any harder, I wonder if we would have broken, but I know if it had been easier our roots would not have grown deeper, our hearts wider, and our eyes would not have opened to meet the people who emerged from the ashes that the burning conflict left. 

We rose and found each other again, naked, vulnerable, and tired from trying. Our eyes met and we saw each other like the first time, except better. Not an inch of love surface deep. Patching each other's wounds, nursing ourselves back to health, falling in love the way only people who have survived a war together can.

We made it. 
Happy anniversary, high five to five years.
I love you more.


I'll be the Earth that grounds you from the chaos all around. I'll be the home you return to I can be your middle ground. I can serve as a reminder, if you jump you will not fall. Go on and spread those wings of reason, we are water after all.


And if you call on me, I'll come running like a coyote. 'Cause we're pillars indeed, a lighthouse when you're out to sea, a beacon when direction's all I need, a compass if you know what I mean, drunk on that nectar of all that you are to me.

You can trust me in my instincts, 'cause they are like that of a bird. I am loyal, I will feed you, sing you songs you've never heard.

Who wants to wear the hat this morning, I reckon neither of us cares, 'cause there is more to life than leading, and I would follow you, I swear.


And if you call on me, I'll come running like a coyote. 'Cause we're pillars indeed, a lighthouse when you're out to sea, a beacon when direction's all I need, a compass if you know what I mean, drunk on that nectar of all that you are to me.

And I will always share my fire, proper way to pay respects, lay tobacco down in gratitude, yeah, one thing I cannot neglect. There are eyes that watch us closely, and there's a story they will tell. There's a war 'tween fact and fiction, we have no time to dispel.


So familiar, yet so foreign, polaroids say so much. Bring me ceremony parallels, I'll bring palaver and sagebrush.


And if you call on me, I'll come running like a coyote. 'Cause we're pillars indeed, a lighthouse when you're out to sea, a beacon when direction's all I need, a compass if you know what I mean, drunk on that nectar of all that you are to me.


And I love your feet for how they found me, and how they walked upon four winds. Be my deer, I'll be your meadow. 
Come graze upon bare skin.



Photography by the talented {{Bex Fairleigh}}
Flower crown by the skillful hands of {{Natasha Price}}
All lyrics in italic by Nahko and Medicine for the People.








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