I love language, and because English is the lover I grew up with, I love her best. She’s subtle and sensible in slingback Louboutins and knee-torn Levis. She can dance all night, gliding like a princess or grinding the stage burlesque or rustling between the trees like a black wind witch. Because she is a witch — with conjures that — in magic — change her words to whatever she wants, whenever she wants them. Yet she prefers straight talk — prepositions and modifiers that let you know exactly where and what and when — even if it isn’t now.
And my lover is a thief, stealing without remorse. A freebooting pirate who, with cutlass in hand, takes the words she needs — and more — just because she can, gloried by the theft.
She’s an inventor. Eagerly seduced, she will abandon herself to satisfy whatever necessity desires.
She is a mechanical engineer who fits strange words together with invisible nano-weld precision, producing new tools that exactly fit their employment.
But she’s also a glutton who dines at her sisters’ banquets, selecting the most delicate morsels to claim as her own, licking the tips of her fingers and never tiring of the feast.
Yet my lover remains lean and strong, hunting with the predators, hair flying, howling with the chase, sure-footed and agile.
And she can be angry, too. Her voice as fierce as cracked open thunder, her eyes black with homicide.
But she is always a flirt, tempting, enticing, inviting the wanton need to touch and hold and caress the words she speaks.
And she is always beautiful: sometimes drowsy as the sleeping mists of fog on the dawn forest floor; sometimes sad as a puppy’s tears, sometimes quiet as a spider’s abandoned threads and sometimes gauze angel white in the shimmering starlight.
But mostly, my lover loves me. She laughs and sings and listens. She speaks only truth (and the occasional lie.) She stays with me even when I’m foul with blank page fury. And when I have no words for her – when I’m on the edge of the wilderness, lost and alone, it is she who comes and finds me, and she takes my hand and whispers, “Let’s go home.”