You were my unlived life…
Mere child, I looked in your
Oceanic eyes, rode the planes
Of your face with my fingertips
Through glass of picture frame
Kissed coolness of your lips there
And clung like drowning girl
To your voice, every intonation
Heard from farthest-afar.
I knew you in silhouetted profile and
Purposeful posture, stride…each gesture.
It was love, dire need, passion, unrequited
Imagination intense, pictorial, I would never
“Grow out of” this attachment, dislocated
Parallel life—nor traverse infeasible
Distance in time, miles, heart.
Impossible was only a technicality, my
Soul assured…you would have walked
Same streets as I, hand in hand, if you could
If there were not 32 years, a million miles
A sequestered world defining our boundaries.
At every crossroad, crisis, I reached for you
In dark labyrinth of hunger…found you there.
When you no longer occupied Island of Earth
Having sailed final voyage…restrictions
Dissolved, nothing left to encumber…you became
Mine, unfettered…gone-love-ghost forever…
My life-unlived preserved in amber.
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