the moon cast its eerie yellow glow
through the cloudy haze of midnight.
two years to the day since you came to me,
offering your gift of heart, mind and soul.
tonight we will examine the contract we share,
moving forward along the path we choose.
sitting, facing each other, by the camp fire
casting its shadows into the thickening mist.
speaking our deepest thoughts and reflections,
as our time of renewal has come to pass.
smiling and crying in selfless introspection,
sharing memories, of the time we have spent.
questions and doubts addressed and resolved,
allowing us the freedom to continue our path.
overcome with the joyful elation of the moment,
we repeat the vows that we spoke long ago.
watching in anticipation as you bare your neck,
longing for the collar to return to its home.
taking your hand as I explain my intentions,
of claiming you as mine forevermore.
speaking softly, calming your deep fears,
while assuring you that I will be there.
holding you close as we walk to the tree,
whispering encouragement as I bind you .
opening the package that we bought long ago,
in a euphoric moment of deepest desire.
the simple brand of intertwined initials,
an eternal mark of the commitment we share.
placing the slender iron symbol of ownership
into the coals to prepare for its only use.
watching with building anxious anticipation,
as the brand earns its deep reddish glow.
checking the ropes that bind you so tightly,
smiling as you refuse the gag in my hand.
holding you close, reassuring you once again,
as you whisper your desire to belong to me.
stepping away toward the heat of the fire,
suddenly feeling the flush of the moment's glow.
stopping for an instant of silent reflection,
our eyes meeting, sealing destiny's command..
lifting the iron from its place in the fire,
feeling the handle's burn against my palm.
stepping away from the fire to face you,
both hypnotized by the brand's red glow.
standing before you, holding your gaze,
as you slowly nod your head and whisper "yes".
touching the brand to your lovely skin,
proud as you endure the pain in silence.
the sound of the heat against bare skin,
mingled with the sharp intake of breath,
takes us both to a depth previously unknown,
yet a place we had both sought to explore.
the smell of the flesh kissed by the fire,
brings tears of elation and concern to our eyes.
forcing myself to hold a steady hand,
against the desire to stop the intense pain.
lifting the brand to inspect the mark you wear,
tossing it behind me towards the fire.
quickly releasing you from the bonds,
catching you as you slide on wobbly legs.
guiding you gently back to the ground,
as I hold you near me and kiss the tears.
sharing our love in our silent embrace,
each knowing that finally we own the future.
kissing your forehead and whispering your name,
as the shudders subside and calmness returns.
watching your eyes as you look at the mark,
filled by their love, the dominants reward.
Copyright (c), USA,
Michael Montgomery, September, 1997
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