Every step she takes this morning
lands on a cushion of air.
All they did last night was kiss
and today he flavours everything
her mind touches.
His voice sounds in the rumble
of a passing car. The valerian blue
of his eyes watches over her
reflected in every window
from here to there.
A boy with short, brown hair
gelled to spikes, holds his mother’s hand
while crossing the road. She sees him
in the way the boy’s eyes tug at his mum,
checking she is still there.
The boy gives a little kick with each step
as if the promise of a future
nips at his heels.
An old man at the bus stop, round
like Santa. Him in fifty years. Cheeks
bunched in a grin, wearing an apple blush
like him last night when he brushed
her right breast with his arm.
Caught herself smiling at the old man,
wanting to know
how they carry the years,
yet doesn’t want to spoil the dance
of every blood cell through the chambers of her heart,
like millions of tiny breeze-blown flowers.