Fraction of Unity

Once the quiet of late hours stilled like a bass stave waiting for ticks to flare the register as a companion’s soft words might break a long and congenial silence. Now, though, as age lengthens, so the weight of memory edges noise at the darkness and blurs the clarity like ink creeping into blotting paper; smudging the moment’s miracle.

I try to place one word upon another in a tabernacle of honour to the mysterious faculty of life and feel a confusion of old ghosts clambering against the stones as if to pull my prayer to shreds. The only memories that come in old age are sins and faux pars damming up the soul and clogging the arteries. They come with annoying clicks and whistles like the dial of an old radio that I aimlessly turn back and forth never settling exactly on the warm fullness of a perfectly tuned station.

Those short nights with you, for instance, never come unbidden. I always have to call on them like one, in hunger, begging for bread. Never does that night sing again with all the wild joy for the love of living. Never do the clocks stop with sudden wonder as if there were a tear in the fabric of time. Never, now, do we pass through that veil to the place beyond; making love cradled in our rich warm endeavour.

So very long ago we parted. I remember the small rain gathering beneath the dark thunder, our paces slowing in the thickening gloom but unable to turn. Parting was the least of all the possible wrongs at our disposal.

Ah, but your arms, luminous in the moonlight, pulling me in to you as we shared the breath of our lungs, hardly moving, making our moments last longer. I remember once holding you very still and praying for all the bolts of heaven to take us then; in that fraction of unity in a lifetime of searching.

Fraction of Unity

Chris1249

Joined May 2010

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Tacking my small dinghy into the face of a poem that refuses to take form

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