John Libertus


The Song Of The Unicorn - Poem by John Libertus

I remember feeding you and talking,
in the silence that the stroke
left you for speech, trying to tell you
what I had tried for decades
to put in words:
you're my sweet treasure, you're the Gift
Love gave to me, and in this tiny room,
with nothing to show for hope,
the only faith of Man
expressed in Food Stamps,
as I bathe you, and for you, open the window
to birdsong, and fresh, spring air,
no man's riches compare with mine.

It was so hard on you;
so little you could give,
save what you did:
trying to start all over,
willing to learn how to kiss me again.
When you stopped breathing,
you gave that little gasp
as if at something just revealed,
and though I found your heartbeat gone
and was left there in the cold,
begging with my fist, I still remember
what you told me of something just revealed.

The day we met,
we chose us, each, the other:
when you woke, bleeding in your brain,
and the doctors and the nurses said
you would not think again,
I told you what I tell you now:
I will not leave you,
and where you go
I will follow:
you're my sweet treasure,
you're the Gift
Love gives to me.


Comments about The Song Of The Unicorn by John Libertus

  • (8/25/2006 12:43:00 PM)


    What can i say? Absolutely beautiful! (Report) Reply

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  • (5/2/2006 9:28:00 PM)


    This gave me gooseflesh. Truly beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2006 10:01:00 PM)


    Hard to express the feelings after reading this. So heartfelt! What a beautiful poem. Sincerely, Connie Webb (Report) Reply

  • (4/12/2006 9:49:00 PM)


    The treasuring of something very rare and precious. A feeling which no calendar can diminish.

    Kind regards,

    Sandra Fowler
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006



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