2/03/2007

Before I Go

This is my corner, my long-bearded
quiet place. Does it seem wise to hide
the face when its mouth is moving?

When I say "amen" I am a stranger
to my prayer. It is un-natural to vocalize
good-byes, to seem prepared. I mean...

the last thing you think before you die,
should have been the first. In a round
world, the light folds inward on itself

and disappears. I am not afraid,
there have been deeper, darker woods
than this, less brave who'll follow

and when I press my final kiss,
coveting the dimming, dancing flame,
the sun-soaked ceiling, the ebbing,

twisted veins, what I have given
to the world and all that I have
gained- flows up and outward.

3 comments:

Jill said...

wonderful poem, rachel.

i hope you don't mind my linking to your blog.

thanks.

Nobius said...

So powerful, your words will live beyond us all.

mel said...

as.fucking.tounding.