So I realized I used to be horrified by the idea of sexual spanking because I remembered real spankings. After 10 years of parenting, when I haven’t once feeling inclined to use physical discipline, I realize I don’t have that association with it anymore.
if I told you to put your hands on the back of the couch
and reached for the buttons around your waist
and slowly lowered any zippers I might encounter
and helped any reluctant fabric find it’s way to your ankles
and ran the backs of my fingertips from your heels
up, up, up,
to the back of your neck
and asked you to stand on your tiptoes
and if I bent forward for a moment to bury my face in your hair
and whisper “are you ready”
before stepping back behind you
and raising my open palm…
The word of the day is tapotement.