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Breathe Close To Me

Breathe close to me,
let not your head droop
nor your face grimace
in fierce grief-- for when
I must leave, all will not
leave with me, I promise.

The memories we made
together will sit safe 
inside your mind's nest.
I'll leave the photos too.
I can't take them with me,
so you'll have the proof
we were young once,
both pretty and foolish,
drawn together like
two bees put in a jar,
buzzing round each other 
until their disparate sound
becomes a kind of music.

The photos and memories
can take you back to all
the places we loved in
Italy and France and that
windblown prehistoric
southern beach where 
our hearts first linked in 
tandem as flesh merged
and the monk-like sun
set slowly, silently o'er an
endless and holy ocean.

Yet they lie, those photos 
and remembrances of our
youth and middle years:
for no canvas or brain
can seize our love, the
living thing it is, unseen 
but tangible as a hand,
vulnerable yet enduring
past anger, illness and
even death-- because 
time cannot diminish this 
being born between us.
 

Copyright © len carber | Year Posted 2016

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