night bloom

rain just beginning
lullaby drops against
window half open
draws
gesture
of night air
to lift the thin curtain
discovering bare skin
against sheets discarded
inciting the bloom
of a quicksilver shiver
to spread its long fingers
from wrist to bent elbow
shoulder to shoulder
breastbone to belly
across thigh to ankle
regardless
of imperfect
nerve-damaged tissue
forgiven in darkness
flawless in dreaming
savour brief thrill
of sensation

arousal