Two Hearts Beat As One - Poem by Goodness Tchibueze
Absence and distance might have kept them,
And the aching of the arms to be warmed, together;
Unmindful of the prominent sun, each faced the other:
A lad and a lass; the sun, inbetween, stood saturninely,
A bit higher up, and stared them in the face;
The cloud backed away as two pairs of eyes
Rained tears affectionate, and de-escalated the hot protest of the sun;
And the sky caught a cold, earth absolute audience
Gave them: the vegetations stood transfixed by heavy empathy;
And all the birds, and all the beasts too!
Having bestirred the sea of memory, two stood, and tied
The feet of space, and knotted time in a protracted, noiseless gaze.
The world waxed weary, worn with eavesdropping and hearing naught!
They must have lost, in faroff calls and indoor musing and unkilled hunger,
Their voices: empty words blossomed on their lips.
Their eyes did voiced it all: they spoke a long while
Through the mouth of their eyes, words in two heart-shaped cases
Enclosed, which oozed mild flames from the middle;
Both cases penetrated their breastbones; the lad and the lass
Closer came, the sun refactory, stuck inbetween, got choked,
The day got eclipsed; A fire ignited in their hearts, when those words in the hearts
Of both alighted; pained sweetly, they leaned closer than ever,
Bosom to bosom, hand in hand; their burning hearts swung places -
His burnt in hers, hers in his; their face towards
Each other inclined, eyes blinded - blinded to many
A blameable infringement and the condition of things.
'For fondness nurtures no dubiety, nor can dubiety make fonder.'
When two go lips in lips, two hearts beat as one.
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