What I Did to Save Myself

You return.  No one has ever returned
unchained.  You believe you know what it is
to endure infinity, the way stars have preyed
on mercy, on darkness for uncounted years,

the way oceans guard their victims from
maurading winds, the patience of light
in its unending journey to end.

You came back and I am your witness,
your strange heart cupped in my hands, your eyes
filled with sweetness and sin.  I ask you,

"What sorrows led you here?  Whose flame 
have you extinguished; whose love have you spilled?"

You answer   "Yours."

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