The Bridge Across the Sea by Maria Fokas
On my death-bed, I say my last goodbye.
I do not utter his name; a forgiving tragedy;
And to his final question: I speak a lie.
I shall not shed another tear for the moments denied.
I shall not shed another tear for foolish twisted humanity –
I shall not shed another tear for that weakness to suppose.
Erase me from your past; . . . the years you have forsaken me –
Each genuine day;
Each generous hour;
A love I embraced: In pure desire, his lips I kissed –
Every bit of madness; the craziness that tempts the soul.
I took for caring: the longing, and the need –
Every plunge into the darkness of my fears;
The times we hid from that harsh world of ours;
The poetry they devoured; between our silence, and our words;
By your strife; my heart has turned to stone – Erase them all!
A fictitious reflection of me has passed away;
I did not utter his name, today.
I crossed the bridge; without his darkness in my arms;
I wish for no more time.
© Maria Fokas 2015/All Rights Reserved/Photograph by Maria Fokas [Dublin]