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You have never left me
While I,
I walked away
No response
I refused to look at you
I entered microcosms of the world.
You may keep your sugar promises
They are worthless.
Still I walked.
You gave up calling me
But you
You did not give up.
You made camp around me.
Softly settled in like honey
a low hum soothing me
You changed forms
You became the Burr Oak
With outstretched branches
That swept my hair
oh, I am tangled
You reached up to stroke me
Residing in the grass
I am swallowed up to my knees
You mouthed secrets in the milkweeds
Drawing me with tastes of bittersweet
I am overcome by your mysteries
You stalked me
Surrounded me
followed me
You disguised yourself
And sat near me.
then breathed on me.
I caught your scent
My nostrils flared quickly
Wait . . . .
No it’s only the elderberry
the sweetness of the blossom

But I wondered
Why am I comforted?
What is this sweetness invading me?
What is happening to my pulled away hiding heart?

Was it hard not to touch me when I wept?
To watch me bleed in the grass?
Was it hard to stop me when I tried to go back into the earth?
why did you save me?
Did it wound you to not reveal yourself to me?
To be so near yet waiting like the stones?
Love, thou art an honorable gentleman
And yet a cunning wild predator.

What love is this
That never leaves
But watches over me
Kindness like a veil
A growing yet immovable mountain
That commands me

What love is this
That breathes my exhale
Hovering over the curve of my cheek.
Your gentleness
humbles me.
The intimacy of your presence
Has arrested me
And seals my heart open like a fanning flower
I face you now unblinking.

y 2011


evon ski

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