passing to morning toilet we meet,
floorboards creak under cooling feet:
water-bottle warm our bodies collide,
pyjama-hidden her blessed bumps hide.
hug-hopes lure me back to creaky bed,
girlish geography, grey-haired head.
calculating, wife-evaluating eyes,
I help her stubborn mercury to rise.
welcome gripped between our thighs,
harbour-hugged, placid her eyes.
shy space pliable, hormone-drenched
(are gender-thirsts equally quenched?)
slightly battered, older bodies puzzle,
almost settled, middle-aged snuggle;
thirty wedded years, tried and tested,
marriage measuring what we invested.
fallible flame often flickering low,
pragmatic love binds bride and beau.