Dutifully From Above

Love’s breath beckons me forward

But fear of cloud’s rain and storm’s gain

Holds my lungs ransom.

Life quivers

Death considers

But nothing can explain what jitters inside me.

From ropes of despair to angelic hair,

From heart’s bleeding to joy exceeding

Is what one man saw.

A captive of love’s entanglement – I am.

I used to surrender to the seductive sirens

Who bathe in the wake of maritime war.

But now I’ve come to reclaim

What’s dutifully from above–you, Sari, my love.

042004

Chester Delagneau


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