Against love’s erasure

          Erasures, John Lyons (acrylic on paper)

No destiny other than words
       actions carved from light
narratives from the heart
       a domicile of tenderness
lovers blood-partnered
       and bound by skin and bone
marigolds for all seasons
       soft whispered caresses

in the blind crucible of space
       in which dying stars
plead with the universe
       for a peppering of kisses
for an exemption
       from the death of energy
a prorogation of love
       amid the lucid silence
the flotsam and jetsam
      of old persuasions 

John Lyons


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