Alison Dunne


Take oil and pour it in your hand,
some bland carrier -- grapeseed or almond
then drops of volatile lavender.

Go against the grain,
spine base to neck, thumb circle --
make muscle surrender its knots.

I am not a cat, or wood or velvet.
Your hands can't take the nap
of me -- disturbing it.

When you are done
lie close behind, between us
only oil and heat.

Don't speak louder than a whisper.
I am opened up.

Alison Dunne
Date of Birth: April, 1964
Location: Market Harborough, England
Occupation: Adult Education Tutor
Publications: QWF Magazine, Tees Valley Writer, Stirring, The Nerve: The Virago Book of Writing Women (Virago 1998), London at Dawn (Metro Publishing 2002), Broadcast on BBC Radio 4

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