nude in the forest

nude in the forest
thighs wrapped
'round bark,
sapped inside finally
by more than your bed,
not your hands but mine
traced the long limbs.

my smell is deep smell
i thought
as i circled the nubby wood

i thought of you and your forest
you as lover
you as spirit
you as all men

You mark a single tree,
i mark them all

your smell so angry
bark bristles

my smell so hungry
it needs more than marking

hearing sap sounds
the tree pushed back,
other trees called into swaying

no wind moved the leaves - 
I did

my sap in their limbs now
up through their veins,
my smell on the leaves 

the leaves drank
pained with rhythm
they fluttered

dancing leaves on singing limbs,
the forest moved
as crusted bark,
scraped clean,
finally dropped to earth

stars now stars

stars now stars

ripples of the great he-she

death's illusion and sex
not stinging

stars now stars
are only singing