Don’t you ?

Don’t you ?

You do remember
             where the warmth
of your soul
             comes from
don’t you ?

and all the tulips
             and the roses
and the daffodils
             and the honey
that you spread
             on your toast

and the squawking gulls
             high above the quiet street
and the butterflies
             in your stomach
when we are about
             to make love

you do remember
             the dry wind
and the specks of dust
             that float in the air
that enter your eye
             and that you flush
with tears

you do remember
             that art and life
and death are all one
             and that time requires
its own space in order
             to develop

and that every breath
             you take is a bonus
you do remember
             don’t you ?

John Lyons


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