her lips

the sun seems to set
more slowly this day
reluctant to go
unwilling to stay

the course it traces
enlivens the sky
with tremulous tones
though evening is nigh

why wanders the moon
the dome of the night
chanting this love song
so needful and bright:

“how can you adore
so distant a maid—
in shadows you dwell
your life cold and staid

“the ocean knows more
of the stars above
than you, petty man,
understand of love”

“not true,” i insist
and fitfully rise,
“i know more of love
than mere studied sighs

“my soul hears the waves
of time’s eager flow,
my heart fills the space
of trees as they grow

“the heavens themselves
immaculate gaze
on my beloved,
whom they long to praise

“only her tender
heart can ‘hope’ define,
yet i will persist
‘til her lips are mine.”

salt lake city 10 may 2022

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