The Flower On Your Kimono

by Steve Cavin

When you were born

You were given

A beautiful kimono.

Softer than a rabbit's tail,

Smoother than silk, or sanded wood,

Lightly colored as the morning sky.


When first I met you

I had never seen

Your beautiful kimono.

Lost in your eyes

I followed the river of your hair,

Into the hills and valleys of your body.








I kissed your cheek

You kissed my mouth

And unwrapped your beautiful kimono.

Slowly, I became a hummingbird

Plunging deep within the flower

Taking all the hidden nectar.


Rising the next morning

I thought of the flower

On your beautiful kimono

The lovely scent

The pale dawn light

I would remember, always.