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Dark Youth

I welcomed the dark of winter nights,
Liberation from childhood fears,
Adults cocooned indoors.
Censure stalled
In the haven
Of unlit streets.

Complexions changed
From summerís pasty putty
To the lucence of marble.
Eyes deepened in sockets and meaning.
Blackness was the refuge
For first embraces
And tentative kisses.

In age, light is life
Darkness but danger
And premonition.
The promise of thrilling nights
Is beyond recovery.
Written by marthard
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