INVINCIBLE LOVERS

INVINCIBLE LOVERS

I’ll show you how strange and wild
W/ wanton promise comes she
On an unknown hour
Like an uninvited guest
You’ve somehow brought to bed.

All night we’d
Sit and think of history
As if it hadn’t passed,
The great wars and the ancient peoples
And all the silly fears.

We’d think of how much we’ve changed
And how much we’ve remained the same.

We’d think of moments of mine
We somehow shared and how I longed to live
In circling illumination of all those moments,
Fragments gone.

And softly I wished
To expand history back into the past
And never to move again an inch forwards.
And to run through the memory of Time,
Ancient, timeless galleries.

Often we’d sit and think of speaking
Or retiring to bed or even sleeping.
Always we’d realise we never had
Time enough to waste or spend.

So we gloried in ourselves
Like invincible lovers,
Always boundless in new being.

And if I seldom spoke in sad regret,
She would turn and smile
As if to boldly offer

‘Come take my hand,
And we’ll wander across no-man’s land.'

(1998)

 

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