pleasure and pain

pleasure and pain
keep company in our bed
sharing covers
until one day
one will surrender
to the dominion of the other

(i wanted to live
to love you
to lose myself
and did not care
summer might end in sorrow
so i invented poems
and i invented lifelines
against the chaos of your going
against the sadness of your leaving)

in vain i listen to the tender mercy of your words
in vain green leaves frame the window’s border
love is trivial
and life will soon restore order
as sure as summer gives in to fall
as sure as fall surrenders to winter

michèle voltaire marcelin

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