Ghosts and Onionskins

This is a song for the lovers to die to
This is a songbird, beheaded and plucked
This is a string and a bow and a heartache
This is a scream spelled in elephant tusks

This is a song for the lovers to lie to
This is a whisper, an ocean of trysts
This is a promise, betrayed into tree bark
This is a sigh that remembers a kiss

This is a song for the lovers to laugh at
played upon toes under old family quilts
This is the howling of lust hungered jackals
needing, and feeding, until they are filled

This is a song for the lovers to lie to
tangled, entwined in a soft sea of arms
This is the sweet steady beat of inhaling
This is the lullaby; these are its charms

This is a song for the lovers to die to
Age crackled hands held between rocking chairs
This is the smile when a lover’s returning
and my crescendo heart as she climbs up the stairs



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