Wright Palafox

I'Ll Stay

I.

Sweetie, darling, my everything—
This, you should hold—firmly—in your heart:
That whenever you’re lost
Overwhelmed by the spiraling, choking
Haze of uncertainty
That clouds your judgment,
Whenever the thickest darkness
Consumes your only light—
Your radiance lost to midnight appendages
Creeping upon you
Crippling your feathery wings
That lay behind you in misshapen tatters,
Whenever that halo of yours
Has lost its golden sheen,
Whenever the loveliest smile upon your features
Has been deprived of you
Denied of you
And forced into tears,
Whenever you feel the entire world
Has turned against you
Betrayed you
Shunned you,
Whenever your dreams are frozen
To their perch
Completely void of boundless flight
Like a Robin on winter dawn,
Whenever you’re inflicted
With a pain you can no longer bear
With an illness, incapacitation that renders you
A lost cause, too far strewn
Without cure—death inevitable,
Whenever you are subjected to
A sanction which bitterly
Blemishes, corrupts
Your good name,
Whenever you decide
To utterly change
For best or for the worst,
And,
Whenever you choose
To sever the ties which bind you and I
To hate me for some future mistake
To recognize—along the course of time—that I
Am not worth your precious love, your time
And,
To fall in love with someone else, someone far better
In comparison to me
And to spend your eternity in the comfort
Of their arms
Instead of mine…

II.

Sweetie, darling, my everything—
Please hold this—firmly—in your heart:
That I’ll be your guide
So take my hand
Do not let go
For the tempest you face, I shall brave for you
So I shall stay,
I’ll be your lantern
And through the Lord
We shall scatter, divide and blaze
The looming shadows that obscure
And we shall restore the former splendor
Of your seraphic wings once again,
I will redeem for you
This nimbus that swirls above you,
I will make you smile again
Soothe you
Delight you
And wipe those tears off your cheeks,
I’ll be forever loyal
If the entire world decides not to
Taking their loathing
In the midst of my everlasting support,
I will serve as the warmth
To thaw your bindings
So that once again, your dreams may take flight
To the heavens like a bird of liberty,
I will take your pain, your suffering
If the fates and circumstances allow me choice
Disregarding my welfare, my health
So I shall stay by your side, relieving your affliction,
I will bear witness
Against any or all allegations
That dares inflict ill will
Upon your good name,
I accept you
For who you are
Not taking into account
Your changes,
And…if you do indeed choose
To sever the ties which bind you and I
To hate me for some future mistake
To recognize—along the course of time—that I
Am not worth your precious love, your time,
To fall in love with someone else, someone far better
In comparison to me
And to spend your eternity in the comfort
Of their arms
Instead of mine…
Sweetie, darling, my everything—
I love you and I am eternally kindled by your love,
So I’ll stay...

Poem Submitted: Friday, November 4, 2011
Poem Edited: Friday, November 4, 2011

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