A little longer

They lay there
Full of Grace
Listening to each other’s rugged heartbeats
Lips on lips
Broken promises
He says
“We will stay here just a little longer”
So they lay there
Watching as the cosmos collapse like
Samson’s pillars
Just a little longer
Just enough to knot the frayed nerves of their ruined forearms end to end
Enough to count the strands of golden hair
To bless each cut
and forgive each sin
Seal Father time in a Pauper’s tomb
Enough time to blink and miss it
To first explain their depth of loneliness
And then their depth of love
Enunciating each syllable
Free of tangled tongues

“Please don’t go,
Just lie here a little longer. “

They lay there
Full of Grace
Listening to each other’s rugged heartbeats
Lips on lips
Broken promises
He says
“We will stay here just a little longer”
So they lay there
Watching as the cosmos collapse like
Samson’s pillars
Just a little longer
Just enough to knot the frayed nerves of their ruined forearms end to end
Enough to count the strands of golden hair
To bless each cut
and forgive each sin
Seal Father time in a Pauper’s tomb
Enough time to blink and miss it
To first explain their depth of loneliness
And then their depth of love
Enunciating each syllable
Free of tangled tongues

“Please don’t go,
Just lie here a little longer. “

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