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no stranger to longing

i am no stranger to longing
  and no stranger to beauty
for somehow one is never without the other
   and it binds my heart into knots
    with its quiet perfection
  the slow bands of colored sunrise
         seeping into my awe-widened eyes
    like your cherry breath slipping into my skin
                     sweet and delicious

somewhere in this misty maze
  is a cold diamond heart
and i must transform it, melt it
  with my love, so that its light
    becomes unfrozen and is released
         purified and born again into the world

this is the lion’s task
the winter’s inheritance
the caged song of solomon
let us hope we catch the tune

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