Encased in his warmth
Safe and protected
His control the pages
That guide her

In his grip, fingers spread
Tightly around her throat
To compassionate ears
She whispers her confessions

Curling, clutching fingers pause
At his strength, a reverence
Like rosary beads
Gratitude on her fingertips

The thwack of walnut on skin
With a loving swiftness
Body and mind challenged
Stilling, she exhales in penance

Seeking in him, she’s pushed
An offering of flesh and will
Unrestrained surrender
Her absolution