I close my eyes and it’s summer. We are lying pool, just you and I, on floating rafts. It’s quiet and the sun makes me skin feel like it is radiating heat. As it take a moment to sleepily open my eyes, I can see my chest rise and fall as I breathe deeply. We had been playing with your sister, but she’s gone now. I close my eyes, and can still see where the sun was. The wind brushing through the leaves sounds like the ocean. We hold pruney fingers right below the water. I love you, i love you, i love you. I think to myself over and over, as if the words would never lose their meaning if i were to never stop repeating them. I meant it too.
Our flesh and our hearts were warm. Each moment that summer seemed like it would last forever. Stuck in time, we were emerged, fully, in each other- in breath and touch and sound and life. I had never touched lips so perfect, I had never felt so beautiful. My smile wide and unashamed.