I listen to her breathe deep in the night,
A reassuring note of love’s sweet voice.
Her body still, her fragrance feels just right
Beside me as she sleeps. I still rejoice
At my wondrous good fortune. This woman
Brought me peace amid the swirl of a storm
On an unfocused voyage toward a plan
For a future I could not foresee. Born
Of loneliness, a life adrift in seas
Of failed intention came about to see
A safe way through, a charted course. I please
This friend, this partner, as she pleases me.
Her dreams, sweet and free in her peaceful sleep,
Give me such pleasure, I watch, and I weep.