a warning to lovers

don't say your lover's name
aloud

if you do
people will hear
in your voice
the taste of their body
the scent of their sweat
the heat of your bodies meeting

they will hear
in your voice
the bite of your fingers into flesh
the sound of your name cried out
the way you look at each other
naked

bite your tongue
and hold their name
in your mouth

Paula Harris

Published in New Zealand Listener
May 10 2014