Leaving, May, 2017

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Oh my love
are you tired yet?

Do you long to lift yourself up, step free of this body?
Do you thirst for distant, deeper water?

Your hands cold, your pulse scant
your skin, a flayed parchment
white, thin-stretched over your skull.

You can no longer speak.
You look at me, your eyes
unchanged. Kind. Deep with leaving.
Still ripe with spark that ignites my flame, so warm, giving, so alive.

Oh my love
are you tired yet?

Darlene Witte
Darlene Witte

Professor of Education, (retired) at Johnson State College in Vermont leads the Green Mountain Writers' Poetry & Performance workshop that meets on Zoom each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 PM ET. Find out more at https://www.meetup.com/green-mountain-writers

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