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Bring One Person

After the violence of an interrupted love,

I want to go to sleep for a very long time.


I don’t want to play,

I don’t want to meet anyone at the bar for drinks.

I have no further use for promises

– the simple ones like ‘I’ll collect you at 8.’

or the illusionary type heard only while dreaming:

I’ll always understand you;

you’re safe with me; I’m here.


Instead I will proceed with a solitary life,

made happy by daily work

and simple friendships;

frequently saddened but managed.


Except if the gods see fit

to bring one person.

Then the two of us could work upon each other

the frustrations and occasional loveliness

of sharing a bed till

one of us dies of natural causes.


And all for the better

if I don’t have to peel back

the skin of my heart;

if the gods could just hand him to me.

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  1. September 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I love it! “many versions of my life can go unlived”…one of my great fears that the best versions go unlived…And I so get the anguish of longing for that safety of lifelong love…”until one of us dies of natural causes” THANK YOU

  2. Jyte
    July 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you for taking the words out of my heart and saying them so beautifully. I love every line.

    • July 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much! Thanks for visiting the blog and reading.

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