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Must We Always Be Strangers?

lover then, must we always be strangers?
two books that smell the same,
and feel the same...
lost on different shelves?
two oceans separated by a land mass,
two mountains with a valley between.
two wings made distant by a body,
worn hooves on different feet...
when god sees her reflection,
be it thou or me?
am i the darkness that kisses your light?
i hear the sound of distant bells,
you see the light from a far away lighthouse...
and yet both taste like charcoal and dampness,
the fire knows the secrets of both!
with every birth another is lost,
and bare limbs sing the sweetest refrain.
the ship lost on uncharted waters,
doesnt even know it's lost!
the last leaf clinging to the window,
reaches to touch the lines of your face.
the mystery of hands and eyes,
the sound of the train coming down the tracks....
you wear your nakedness well,
in an empty room filled with stillness.
and the sounds and colors of life itself,
are defined by the want lost inside your eyes...
strangers walk together leaving one set of tracks,
while crows whisper and the wolf lingers,
his breath waiting for god to shout!

Submitted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013


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  • Karen Gonzalez-videla (6/14/2013 12:42:00 PM)

    Whoa! It is so well described. I read it like a thousand times already and I don't get tired of reading it! It is so beautiful narrated. If you see the two poems I wrote, please leave a comment based on your opinion :)

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  • Fatima Nusairat (5/14/2013 11:25:00 PM)

    Power and deep poem I like it..!
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  • Kevin Patrick (3/18/2013 5:05:00 PM)

    The power of love is so strong and delicate, to be near and far away it makes us all human to share that pain

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/2/2013 8:59:00 AM)

    simply superb! I like the tone and the truth! Well written! Eric...10

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (2/17/2013 11:02:00 PM)

    When we have something in common that binds us we need not be strangers is so true! !

  • Smoky Hoss (2/17/2013 3:26:00 PM)

    I agree with Dave (below) , great line, and a few others in there as well.

  • Dave Walker (1/24/2013 8:14:00 AM)

    A great poem, I love the line while crows whisper and the wolf lingers.

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