R. Nikolas Macioci

What Happened at the Chateau

I slip upon your moonlit bed
and once against you, invent love.
Your beautiful grin emerges from a shadow.
We are making a small history tonight
as we fling our clothes to the floor like cloth
promises. Dressed in the light sheen of summer
sweat, we drift together. Crickets mutter
through the open window, and night is dusted
with stars. We are intentionally mute,
marking each other with delicacy
of small strokes. We own the grace of
each other’s kisses. Leaning into the circle
of one another’s arms, we quietly entreat
our hearts to a steady rhythm. Your eyes shine
like tears in the dark, anticipate seconds
when I draw you into myself,
and your palpable need disappears
like a magic trick.

Afterwards, we lie together
in comfort of each other’s embrace, night
surrounding us with mindless silence, and
we sleep as if to celebrate skin.


R. Nikolas Macioci earned a PhD from The Ohio State University. OCTELA, the Ohio Council of Teachers of English, named him the best secondary English teacher in the state of Ohio. He is the author of seventeen books. Cafes of Childhood was submitted for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. In 2021, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net award. In 2022, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He was nominated for a Best of the Net award for 2023.