You were waiting for me in my dream.
I opened the screen door to let the cat out,
and then I saw you.
in the field behind my childhood home.
Alert, and masculine.
A 12-point buck, with antlers reaching to the heavens.
You rendered me speechless.
You welcomed me in,
my heart weeping tears of relief and want.
I buried my body into your solid torso,
muscular, yet wielding to my petite frame.
Your luxuriant beard
swallowed my fears,
soft and silky as a pillow.
I whispered into your ear as you held me
Embracing, you give me life, you give me love.
pledging I will always stand by you, and protect you.
As we move through this world, together.