Peter Kline


After long nothing,
or days of asking
her, sometimes she
asks him. Usually
he’s asleep already
and needs turning over,
opening. It’s not easy
to find a way in
or even rouse him,
he’s that faithful
to the dreaming. Needing
countertouch, overtingling,
knowing what’s owed
she wriggles to the middle
or straddles his shoulders
backwards. Technically
consent means he 
wakes and likes it.