Cinnamon-Laced Coffee

Steam rises from
Cinnamon-laced coffee
Skin on skin
Soft fine hair
Tender touch
awakens my
sorrowful heart
to feel…
feel the awakening
It has been
So long
Since the touch
Of another human being
The touch of a woman
My skin rises
To meet the hand
The fingers
That gently
Rub my skin
In circles lovingly
I pause
Sipping the
Cinnamon laced
I inhale deeply
The soft touch
Following the traces
Of the fingers
Nerves that had
Been asleep for lifetimes
Awaken from their deep
Smells of cedar and jasmine
Mix with cinnamon laced coffee
Hang in the air
And gently land on the finger-traced
paths on my skin.

Chris Riley