Not Quite a Hundred Million Stars

Looking down
I no longer
                 see
the hungry softness
of your boy
                 lips
at my breast  
                                                  tender
                                                  timid
                                                  sanguine
Looking down
I see only
               him
the ghostly press
of his shadowed
                          cheek
against my heart                                               
                                                  sharp
                                                  strong
                                                  tired
Looking down
I no longer
                  feel
the happy shock
of your ever-growing
                                 curls
beneath my hands
                                                  close
                                                  coarse
                                                  golden
Looking down
I feel only
the sorrowful silver
of his still-so-thick
                               hair
between my fingers                                         
                                                  distant
                                                  downy
                                                  sleek
Looking down
your life without me
                                full of light
holds us
              both
suspended.  safe.
in the
         Forever
of your youth

Looking down
his life without me
                             full of umbra
leaves us
               both
adrift.  afraid.
in the
         Never
of his death

© s rogers 2008

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