How do I love thee baby ? Let me count the ways You're the bee's knees, the Cream on the cat's whiskers The hieroglyphics on my pyramid You make my wheels spin You make my head turn I want to make your Rigging creak in the wind, I Want to make you inhale every breath With the sweetness that Comes from knowing that there is someone who can make you laugh, smile, whisper things Someone who will spin you Until your dizzy, then kiss you until you're giddy , then tickle you until you're giddy with laughter, longing and passion Crazy like a full moon fox Howling with the wind You're the siren that makes my Sailor head turn, the coal That makes my furnace burn, the wheels are turning, yeah, I'm yearning for you?.. That's how I love you baby So let's get down to business Times a wasting........... - 'Full Moon Fox' Seed into earth roots flourish, spread into the dark water me, sunlight entangle me with the embrace of your tendrils blossom appears when light meets dark when water meets earth the cycle has begun the reincarnation, the birth - 'Dark Earth' I love you in hip hop clubs where the bass kicks my heart like a drum I love you on the balcony watching the river flow past like a dream that never ends I love you in your red lined coat at the pub where the flowers hang over our heads I love you at midnight as you peer at books through a shop window not knowing that I watch you secretly. - 'Fragments' Perhaps things will not stay the same, will change as the days go past undercurrents of unease will pull you away from me, free is what you will want to be I cannot predict the turns, the twists the way the heart moves nobody knows nobody knows But for now it is enough to lie in your arms and listen to the sound of your breath as it becomes my own. - 'Breath' River flow curve like times arrow up close you are cold born of the city's gravity But from high above You sing your passage slow moving and sonorous Tall ships glide while small ships slide over the skin of you urban blues the song from your mouth greys and gree as the river birds hang soundless in the sky Through the dock lands You make your quiet way Ever present, invisible born and reborn with each turn, each mile. - 'Riversong' And then you dart from my side through the side streets gone in a second Distracted by some new sight, new scent, new sound Only to return, curiosity satisfied, no longer thirsty But I like you best when you are asleep in bed, beside me your lips open your body underlined by the weave of the sheet hair curled around your sleeping face I like you , hummingbird when you are still no longer in flight but at peace at rest. - 'Hummingbird' I miss the place where the sky runs free where I can walk ankle deep in fields of green paddy Roads twist and turn hugging the curve of a hill closer than a lover embracing the loved Where I can take shelter under lithe palms reaching out towards the sea enticing it into the safety of the land Where grey lizards lie on rock warmed by the noon sun lazily flicking at flies Where you can hear the tinkle of bells on the street at midnight when elephants tread softly Sleep comes quickly in this sensuous tropical heat wrapped around me like an old lover. -'Old Love' Who will spin the webs you spin As you trace the contours of my heart Who will feed me the taste of ice Fingers moving in an art Who will slowkiss me quick When I walk into the room Tell me mad sweet things lies, half truths , confessions Who will answer the questions I have not asked Too scared to make a sound Who will give me the hunger to possess The oasis of your soul Let me know the signs I must make The cabalistic path I must take The holy ritual, censer and stick That gains me admittance to your temple Who can spin the webs you spin The pure filaments of light Who will trace the ages of my face Pouring into me in the deep of the night ? n Webspinner n (From 'The Swimmer') The creak of the cane chair As you sit next to me in the darkness heat lightening flashes across the sky I reach out and hold your hand You twist it into the shape you like best Entwine my fingers in yours The air is cool The light is grey We sit and watch the theatre in the sky When the bolts of lightening flash I flinch, and you laugh in joy Now is the time to live When you touch my back , my neck, my head my body shivers in deliciousness swallow me , fold me into your limbs Till I can't tell mine from yours All the things that make me halfsmile All the things that make you sigh - 'Quartet/Colombo' We stand together on the first tee The rolling fairways stretched in shadow bathed in the early moonlight My jacket around your shoulders My arms around your waist My lips on your cheek The smell of your hair Living is easy when you do it by the numbers But when you do it by the letters It becomes infinitely more terrifying And infinitely more exciting I am not some moth Drawn by your incandescent flame It is simpler than that , No astral force to blame The coming together of the two An accidental brushing of the lips That leads to sweetness and warmth Two bodies lying , two mouths talking In the early morning Secrets shared , truths bared Confessions made straight from the heart We drive to the edge of the mountain And stand looking at the constellation Anxious to see the wandering star That falls like a stone a trail of sparks that disappear faster than I can say your name Now is the time to live - Quartet/Nuwara Eliya' Your naked body is silhouetted against The bare boards of the wooden floor As you tread softly to the window and look at the quiet square below the window The line of your back As you lean out , hiding your skin with the curtain the sunrippled lake outside around which we walked the night before and saw the floating statue of Buddha levitating solemnly in the night sky supported by the forces of faith I would love to linger and share the moment for infinity captured in the lens of your camera if only we could disappear into the pictures whenever we felt like it take a magic carpet ride into the celluloid leave the rest behind - 'Quartet/Kandy' Walk into the sand with me Hold my hand as we brave the surf I want to disappear into the water Fighting it , feeling it mold against me Lying down as the waves roll around us Lazily looking at the arc of the sun as the fisherman dry their nets by their boats I've never needed this before I've always wanted this I don't need this anymore I will always desire my mouth dry Everybody has the dream like a tattoo that has long been forgotten invisible to the mind but not to the soul when something exists in the limbo between birth and being it defies the definition eradicates the exposition two roads travel side by side grazing tangentially , mathematically and then at an unseen turn in the road touch and become one breathe in the peace the world has gone away it will not disturb us Now is the time to live. - ' Quartet/Galle' Last night I walked on to the jetty that pointed like a finger into the heart of China Bay Away from the noise of the party away from the clink of bottles and the sound of laughter Not sure of what I was looking for But willing to commit my search to the guide of the moonless night And standing on that crumbling jetty, iron pilings and the smell of long-caught fish I looked up and saw the mirrored sky stars embedded into the blackness a thousand galaxies or more reflected into the still waters of the Indian Ocean around me. My breath slowed in my throat as I stood and stared alone in my private universe Sometimes the answers you find are for the questions you haven't even asked as yet. - 'China Bay Blues' Remember me for the man I was loud and confident inside Remember me for the way lived with love, laughter and pride When I no longer rattle through this cosmos with my mouth Let the memories linger Let the reminisces come out Do not forget our secrets shared Do not forget the tales I told Keep safe the days gone by When we were young, wild and bold I will not forget the way we danced upon this green earth I will see you in your next life I will see you in my next birth - "Requiem"