Image by Ann marie Houghtailing

Before the bones fused
I put my lips against
that tender dip in your skull
that exposed your vulnerability
and utter dependence upon me

I inhaled that tenderness knowing
it would not last
and knowing there would be days
I grieved desperately for its return

You may find Ann marie Houghtailing’s visual work on Instagram at trailsnotpaths



Ann Marie Houghtailing

Ann marie Houghtailing is the co founder of Story Imprinting, a communications firm that teaches clients the art and science of storytelling.