New touch

if cells are renewed every 7 years
that means I have a body that only you’ve touched.
My skin has only known tenderness, kindness
affection and deep pleasure
with no memory etched on it of the pain it’s known.
That means it doesn’t know what it’s like
to feel the shudder of unwanted fingers
or the bruises of fists and feet.
it’s not felt broken. Or dirty with the weight of unwanted bodies.
This body now knows only happiness and safety
it has no trace of the unpleasant past.
It has only known you, your hands, your mouth
your love.
And it will only know you in that way
The love of the rest of my life.


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