09 January 2014

I loved you for

I loved you for the
Length of time
It takes to burn a
Cigarette, as one
Does, in the mouth.

A cigarette does not
Burn for long, it
Seems, but in the
Eternity of loving, it
Can last for a forever:

A tiny fire, and a smoke,
A glow, and a breath;
A heat, not hot
Enough to warm, yet
Red enough to burn.

L. Steve Schmersal, I loved you for, 2014

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