by gerard varni

My heart was a puzzle completely incomplete,

until I learned of love in your embrace.

I lurked behind a wall of shadow—skirting

the lake of fire, mumbling of salvation—

until you took me in and soothed me

in the cross of your arms.

With wild eyes you quelled grief and ruin,

salved dark desire with

the tender ointment of your kisses.

Now I cling to you

like an ocean to the shore,

longing for silence and slow time,

the night's starry face;

holding fast to you,

some shape of beauty,

beneath the drowsy dappled sky,

our spirits entwined and winding

away into whispers of tomorrow.