“Everything there is was made at the beginning,” I say to her. “All the atoms, all the threads, all the pieces, came from that one moment of creation.”

I rest my head against her stomach. She touches my hair and pulls the blanket higher over my shoulder.

“A billion billion stars shine, and a billion billion planets spin. On those planets, there’s a billion billion wings and fins and feet and hands on a billion billion lives that fly and swim and walk and touch.”

I put my hand against her hip, against the warm skin there.

“And those billion billion lives are the children of a billion billion lives that have gone before, and they will be the parents to a billion billion more to come.”

I slide my hand up, and put one finger against a spot on her stomach. “Not one of them has this freckle right here.”

I move up along the length of her body and whisper something into her ear, words for her alone. “Not one of them will know my secrets.”

I kiss her lightly on the mouth, her lips soft and full. “Not one of them tastes like rainclouds in summer.”

I rest my hand against the side of her face and look into her eyes. “Not one of them is my Bez.”

Not one in a billion billion.

The rain patters against the bedroom window.






4 responses to “Exponents”

  1. Roxanne Avatar

    Oh Kameko. You are one in a billion billion.

    1. Kameko Avatar

      And you are really awfully sweet to say it.

  2. Elizabeth yon Avatar
    Elizabeth yon

    Beauty. Vast and soft. Not one of the billion billions has your gift for beauty.

    1. Kameko Avatar

      I don’t know about that one, my beautiful friend. You’ve got loveliness to spare, both inside and out.

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