From lip to lip

From lip to lip

Slow decay
           of time
and of blood
           Racing clouds
that fade below
           the horizon
foam of stars
           that fills
our winter
           nightscape
Words
           that others
have used
           I use again
Dead voices
           that refuse
to lie still :
           and love
that passes
           from lip
to living lip
           now and again

John Lyons

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