Restraint

There were things I would have said
but could not
so I wrote them down instead
postponed
for saying
till later
or never

Someday
I’d like to stay
up all night
and be with you

Maybe read poetry
together
listen to music
tell our stories
to each other

Maybe just lie
on our backs
awake under the open sky
hold hands
and listen
to the night sounds
and the silence

Maybe we could talk
with our eyes
and agree
to desire
a warm embrace
and then
the kiss
that will decide
the future chemistry
of this

Whether there will be
more nights
like this night
or whether it will
be only darkness
for awhile

until the longing
has been cried out
of our entire beings
and the burning
has turned to ash.

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