Beloved and bereft

You smile as I breathe in your scent, I know
You want to dance across my smooth surface
Swirl and tease my slowly waking soul,
You command me and I bow, we perform
The third act of our forbidden love
We count our journey in hours
Days are what we'll never have 
I'll never sleep in your arms, or wake
To your wild, conquering eyes
This gift is fleeting - I see our end at night
Alone in the dark, willing time to stop,
I mark each lonely minute,
I multiply, I subtract and carry over.
I divide my life into moments of here and gone,
Beloved and bereft.

(c) 2006 J.L Stanley

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