A Gentle Loss

A Gentle Loss

Under a sky

Where no-one knew us

We knew ourselves

Days faded

And rushed into each other

Dark secrets played out

Flashing in and out of view

A picture of our moods

We were in the path

Of something wonderful

In the midst of the fire

In the midst of water

Crying out in thirst

Between deep longings

And deep ecstasies


For the darkest of the clouds

To pass

Where risk

Gave shape

To something shapeless

And to long seconds

That spoke of eternal things

There was a quietness in those moments

The stillness of our resolve

And we breathed ourselves

Into each other

Like a star within cloud

Or like the moon

Each night we would climb

Once again to the stars

And the nights

Stretched cautiously ahead

Sweet was the breath of that evening air

Which seems now but vacant space

Images of us


By way of silken thread

We knew then

That pages were being written

And though the words were never spoken

And the moment

Had not yet arrived

We knew it would be a gentle loss

Softly flickering

Against a moonless sky

© Ann Bagnall 2014.


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