Joseph Cardinale

Buried Love - Poem by Joseph Cardinale

Reveal to him
The delirium
The times your eye balls
Matched his
One on one
That sent you to nirvana
Where nirvana is.

Recall for him
The paths in which you both
Did glow
And how now
These gates are closed
And only he can
Take you down
And how he's burned
His trade on you
That if you stray
Into the hills
The shepherd there
Shall turn you back.
When he tells you in
His expressive way
"He's dead"
"You can't live with his ghost"
Remind him how
Alive he was
Turning every viable stone
Running you down
Every corridor of chance
Never leaving you alone.

Remind him how
Alive he was
Pressing you on
Catching hold of every nerve
Wrestling you down
Forcing his soul on your soul
Screaming against
The pealing painted drop
Over the distant toll.

When he tells you
In his anxious way
"He's gone"
"You must carry on"

When he tells you in
His desperate way,
"You can't live with a memory"
Warn him of the crime
In that remark
In that you cannot
Bury lovers twice
When not their
Just is justified.

And when he tells you
"Then, Goodbye"
Don't panic with the sceptre
Of your doom—
Go lie with him again
As you did before
He'll be
Working there, waiting there
Charging through our room.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and loss

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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