Our eyes Closed


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Art by Agnes Cecil

With eyes closed you
Light up within like a candle
Of my spirit, last wings
First faith, hushed tones
Of your divine laughter

I could taste
The melody of your smiles
The vast twinkle in your
Majestic eyes, squinted by nature
Night after night we make art

In a carving all our own
A sculpture of the
Things we say when intimate
It’s a narrative of
Just knowing each other

Together and separately
A harmony of eyes closed
With a total security of
Being there, the turquoise of time
May blast the winds, but you

Still light up within when you sleep
Like a smiling infant
Dreaming of something good.

Into the arms of Writing


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Art by Agnes Cecile,

I draw these letters
Out from the silver silence
And pluck them from the golden void
They were given to me like,
Ice flowers, fire roses, spring water
And I can taste them like
Images from a painter
From Rome or Colombo
That’s the presence consumed
Of art and her rare birds
A flock of paradise traveling
Through time, beauty undressed
In her double-blossomed glory
In feasts of imagery and cliffhanging
Night, I could feel the morning
In her painting and all that
Transpired in feeling as the body burns
With life’s ironies, improbable spells
The river of your hands
Was a fever of a dream
The burgundy tongue
Of the flayed sun knew
I would write poetry
Like hot wine, spilled.