12. the darkness*


she told me all about her dreams

and about a thing called love


I’d never heard it’s like before

so I asked her what I could


she spoke of things beyond my ken

of lands where strange things grow


where little girls & little boys

reap what their parents sow


I asked her where this land could be

& whether we could go there


but she answered that it’s here & now

and I only need to look there


she laughed at me and I at her

as the darkness fell away


she took my hand & softly gave

a kiss of life that day.