Essence

If I shared with you my essence
Opened up and let you in
Would that be just the beginning
Or the beginning of the end?

If I shared my very spirit
My heart…
My body…
My mind..
My soul…
Would you do the same….intensely
Or would you turn from me and go?

If I let you see my essence
Would your eyes be satisfied
With the binding and the title
And the contents carefully locked inside?

Would you read each page with wonder
As if the words were always new
Would you trade the dog-eared copy
For a volume number two?

If I let you hear my essence
Gently spoken in you ear
Would it whisper softly every word
You dreamed you would someday hear?

Could the echoes touch the places
Where no one had ever gone
Would their resonance life you higher
Than any height you have ever known?

If you inhaled my small essence
A light and gentle scent
Would you inhale me deeply
And breathe me out again?

Would you like the fragrance?
Would you infuse me with your own?
Would it be the one aroma that
Warmly makes you think of home?

If I let you taste my essence
Would you discern the subtle taste?
If it is not a sassy salsa
In a jalapeno base?

Would the taste make you insatiable?
Would it satisfy your needs?
Could your thirst and hunger..
Both be quenched..by a woman-child like me?

If I let you touch my essence
Would you plumb the depths inside
With a gentle curiosity
That could never be denied?

Would you venture past those pleasures
To my fragile inner core
And protect me when I am vulnerable…
Scared…overwhelmed….unsure?

Would you hold at bay each fear I have
Would my heart, for once be spared?
Would the memories that can haunt me
Steer clear of what we share?

My essence cannot be taken
And no…it will not be sold
But, I can give it freely
Or keep it silently on hold

If one soul exists who has a silver tongue
And nerves of sturdy steel
A heart of gold…a head with reason
The ability to feel…..

An essence waits in limbo
Not lonely…but alone
Sprinkling droplets of faith and hope
From her magical garden she has grown……

Essence

Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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