what only lovers know ~

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what benefit
is destiny
when all we do is pine
for another life –
another breath
some other choice
divine

a moment come
when words are met –
by a heart that fits
us so
is worth the price
for wanting –
what only lovers
know

there is no time
beyond today –
no break
beyond the trees
where life is lived
apart from here –
as truth resolved
to be

. . .

words you dared not speak ~

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spare your
righteous discontent
(your choice)
to make it mine
where fault was laid
one summer night
(warmth)
beneath the pines
was then I took
of your first breath
(words you dared
not speak)
home
was ours for finding
I was you
(you were me)
for a time
sometimes much longer
than the flash
of one dark star
I knew the way would come
and you would go
miles beyond
the place where I might reach
to find you (still)
dreaming neath
an ancient stand
of pines

. . .

this day ~

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this day
of all others
this shift in the light
a sweet celebration
aligned with the night
I’m not much for promise
tears aren’t my style –
but as dark
became morning
I drifted a while
to far away summers
and sweet sunny days
when someone spoke softly
and someone remains
blessed by the memory
of a kiss
and a prayer –
of wishes made whole
by the stars

. . .

turned to stone ~

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i shall pray
for love to take me
as evening
pulls around –
cuddled me in green
a bit of star
i shall want
that you would wait
until my will
is turned to stone
a plea for grace
to fill this place
you left me
once
alone
i shall rage for truth
when none becomes
the way i knew
of you
i shall want of this –
another day
when all my days
are through

. . .

where we are nothing ~

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burdens
I’ve endured
for the sake of one
more life –
another chance
to live as I have loved
to sail beyond
the silver seas –
your eyes become sometimes
enchanted by your smile
to be undone
burdens
not so heavy –
graces yet to trade
one thousand count
linens folded
round
a place
where we are nothing
but a promise
to remain –
as near
to breath becoming –
for this reason
I was made

. . .

a cliff above the floor ~

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had i nothing
but this moment –
and a place
to lay your head
echoes of a promised
evermore
sealed within
this silence –
til i awake
within your dream –
balanced on a cliff
above the floor
had i nothing
but forever –
and breath
to love you so –
solace when the night
is filled with
dread
had i nothing
but a lifetime more than
just this one i know –
another time
a place to lay
your head

. . .

places long imagined ~

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were not for once
you wondered
who I was
and why I came
from places
long imagined
but never said
aloud
in passing –
lest your fingers
be tempted by the red
to begin
an undertaking –
an explorer
undecided where to land
how many streams
for crossing
might delay
your sweet return
to a place
you had forgotten
how to be

. . .