If I had married a poet
he would sing me to sleep with simile,
march into morning with metaphor,
brew the coffee, set the table,
a woven placemat for him,
a green one with lilies for me.
The white porcelain teapot, steaming
with water for my cup, two sugars, a slice of lemon,
and his strong coffee, black, no sweetness
except for the flavor of him
across the table.
We look, see much more,
speak, don’t speak.
The air is charged.
he is not a poet.
He listens to my words,
understands my simile, my metaphor.
We have combined
He is morning. I am night,
I the moon and he the sun
who has become my poet.