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When I Leave You

When I leave you
it won't be out of anger,
it won't be out of jealousy.
It won't be for another woman,
and it won't be for freedom.

When I leave you,
it won't be with grace--
it will be hard, hard to do.
I could try to fight it--
but with what power?
Taken quick or slowly,
I'll still be taken 
out of this world,
out of your life.

Never out of your heart,
I know--I'm planted there,
A Gibraltar till time's end.
I fear for the weight,
the heaviness on you:
all the times you'll need
a touch, or miss my breath
on the nape of your neck.

When the stars weep,
when songbirds die,
then, only then
will my love be left
by your lonely side.

Do I yet know how 
much I love you?
Will my soul chant 
in mourning for you?
Will it long for this world
of night and day only
because you are still in it?


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  1. Date: 9/19/2014 11:15:00 PM

    Powerful...pain is complicate, tomorrow is new day. Remembering when I was at death's door. At first, there were many to cheer me on, but when the cure was not as quick as many thought, there was no cheering section...I was alone. Just saying I am glad to be alive today--My candle was relit; I would have missed things that mattered ~ Peace