The Definition of Love

ďAre you at peace?Ē  

Itís not far-fetched of you to ask me  
in your prayers each night  
and thoughts each day  

The much-known concept of two lives †
is swallowed by the living each year  

First, when we are physically birthed  
and slapped into breath;  
the second when we wake to purpose  
and life slaps us into a vessel †
for something greater than ourselves  

The lesser-known concept  
of two deaths is fully understood  
on this side of the veil †

First, when our physical being  
relinquishes the ghost for ash  
the second when our name passes  
between someoneís lips †
or thoughts for the very last time  

In the final moments of life  
silent oaths are made †
within the mind to somehow  
let loved ones know  
we are safe  

Yes, I am at peace  

Darkness has not swallowed me  
Each year, this resurrection †
this annual conjuring of presence †
makes itself known  

These cycles summon me by name  
the ofrenda and invocations  
of Dia de los Muertos †
keep my memory alive  
and guide me home  

Each moment my name is spoken  
a rebirth occurs  
from a history not forgotten  

So, mi amor  
peace isnít the issue  
that's not what you want to know  

The issue is not knowing where I've gone  
wondering if the grave youíre lying on †
is a steppingstone of heaven  
or a stairwell into the dark  

Itís falling into the falsity †
that allows death to steal hope  
from a living soul †

Yes, I am at peace  
You have not let me die  
that second death  

And that . . .  
that is the definition of Love
Author's Note
Prompt 2. Write from the perspective of a dead soul rejoining their family. What would you say to your loved ones?
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