So many ways
we all keep saying
the same thing
over and over,
"I am ready to love.
Are you?"
But really, such words
only tell their truth
in silences.
Your eyes,
the way particles
of sunlight form waves
around the gesture
of your smile,

this melting of the earth
into honey
when the mind rests
in the heart.

Painting: from Renoir Galleries