Peace, Before I Die

† †

Early morning, dawnlight
unfolds the wrinkles, from our
tightly pressed night

Now showered, lavender laced,
you stand by the kitchen sink
Washing plums, rivaling
their sheen

You lean, opening the window
to let the birdsong's chime
the day's awakening

And I can see your places
where I went
The road back, is but
a moment's drag
on this first cigarette

You lean, aware of me
I see your places, I trace your map
Spaghetti straps,
where my nervously chewed fingernails
caught on your satin hem

Last night, a beautiful woman
with a tortured heart
Laid beside a shadowed man
with half a heart

And now, I pretend it wasn't much
more than any other day
But I can't deny the moment
I realized, as we lay
-after the comet tore across
our bedroom ceiling the third time...

Yeah, I sensed it, it was whole;
You and I. †I felt peace
and then I died

Without a stir, I removed my life
laid it in your hand, as we held
and watched the stars unite
Streaking mid sky, painting hope
in this darkened night

Surely this is death, when a heart
ceases it's strain, when the beating
doesn't leave pain
(How for years, calling them heart-beats
earned the name)
Surely I've been reborn
for this is a better place

I held you then
I breathed jasmine and rose
My fingers drawing petals
rubbed across your brow
Kissing you, kissing you
and making you know
We just may be made in God's image
during one of his better days

Morning is now bursting through
the window, splashing you
with something new
My new eyes, seeing you

And if I must chew on love
with my coffee, hand me a plum
Then watch my smile
as it starves my belly.


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