And then there came…



And then there came
The remembrance of her gaze,
And how it once blossomed into
A panoply of flames
Enveloping strands of night
That had begun to
Creep and settle
As fine dust
Along the estuary

Where our desires
Took rest in the other’s arms
But dared not dream,
Lest they give rise to
Fallen motifs and familiar whispers
And faded letters penned
During Falstaffian winters

When your affection
Diligently counted the ashes
That was once my heart
And scattered them,
Speck by speck,
Into waters that never knew passion.

But oh upon this maiden’s hand
Do I commend
This decaying memory
Of restless brushes along my arm
And gentle bouts of laughter
‘Neath the trellis
At water’s end;

Of her glow that writes
Well into the night
Tracing the spheres
As they dare to appear.

Art: “Identity”
Chieko Inui


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