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Just for a Moment

Maybe I’m a bit too foolish
As I lay here, stretched like a canopy
Next to you and your ripened mouth
Your soft face, a gentle benediction
It’s something I only imagined
before today
If you were to look at me
You’d see me blinking
hard and often
My eyes surprised, each time
 to see your face,
that object of a dream
That single goal I was sure to fail
That single fire in my heart
That was simply meant to die
To be put to rest, to be forgotten
And even when I trace my fingers
Along the grooves of your healthy hands
I’m lost, I just can’t believe it
I wonder if I’ve been deceived
But yes, you’re here. And no, it’s not a dream
And all my assurances crash like a tsunami
In my formerly vacant heart
I am amazed and I am taken
And at least for the moment
You’re my robe to wear
I have you and you have me
Just for this fleeting day
And even that’s ok
Maybe you will be that prodigal son
Sure to have his homecoming
When you notice how I delve into you
How I chase you, how deep I run for you
Decorating myself with the color of your heart
Chasing your passions like my own
Keeping your image close at hand
Or maybe you won’t be that man
Because night may be faithful to fall
To push me down the stairs
Of my great hope for you
For the completion of all that
I wished so badly to have
A year ago, but now as well
Maybe I’ll have to accept it a thousand times over
That you are a bird, and I am only another tree
Forever outstretched to catch you,
to be a place where you could rest
where you could build a happy home
Even if just for a moment
Maybe I’m a bit too foolish
Maybe I prefer to be discontented
But for the moment
And all moments to come,
I prefer you.

Copyright © Allison Ballard

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