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Divine Desire by Jeff Volpintesta

You move with the soft grace That can only be mistaken For the fluid motions Of a goddess. But as gods have touched Mortals, and been depicted in the arts, so too must you. So touch me, and let me Paint a masterpiece. A humble servant would sacrifice But half of that which I would for you.

Dream. Create. Express.

And yet I still stand below, A spectator from afar admiring The divinity of the plot, your life To which others are blind and deaf and mute. I too can hear no evil speak no evil see no evil But I can speak of euphoric desire And I can hear cries of joy And I can see, you, What drives me and these emotions of Mine to the extremes of their bounds. In your existence, I Exist. In your love, Love I feel. In your passion, Passion I return. We will be one. You, a goddess. And me, a mortal man.

Artists clockwise from top left: Lizzie Viggiano, Anali De Laney, Sabina Gonzalez, Emily Eby (2). “Express� photo illustration by Kiara Kallaway and Ariel Shaulson / Head Illustrator and Photo Editor