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this time i give you a rose

from in a prayer by mourning dove

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yes, i long for you
there is no doubt in my mind,
in my mind there is no doubt
in my mind

we are all so soon to die
have so little time
to lie in bed with the radio on
to check the post for the relative gone
to wear the pink skirt and the embroidered top
with jewel earrings.

i will try to determine what it is in your bright dark eyes
what it is you are made of
like some dear sister or brother
my spine to your spine
the separation this kiss implies
i am yours to find

in this wide forever night
to render the winter peace
with the thoughtlessness of landscape in deep sleep
a deer with one antler torn wanders
the lost clearing i imagine you
come anew, pure and so true
knowing what it is. you are one thing

and i am another, spoken out loud
differing in my pulse and mind,
feeling intemperate beside you,
knowing i am torn from you by the message i have left
of sincere appreciation
this devotion makes me, and takes me north along the road

in the language of an earth we will age out of
and in the bliss of unknowing, fall out and in again
to the beauteous oblivion,
this time i give you a rose.
adorn your cheek, if you like
with this or some other symbol
to take with you
along the way

i will bless you beyond whichever grave
of water, this or that river,
for you, as in death, i will reconsider
the word "love".


from in a prayer, released February 22, 2022


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