What I Shouldn’t Have Seen

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Soft light drenches fur, feather and silk

Amid dark shadows and cool breeze

Still damp from the rain

It is Midnight

Moon is high

You are afraid of the maybe

Limitless love, maybe never returned

Newly laid plans, maybe never hatching

You wrap tight fists around us

Fear to give us up to the darkness

And become it

Oh, I know.

Your heart

Beats out a rhythm

Felt in the marrow of my bones

Your sweat hangs heavy in the air

I can smell you

Read, in the brilliance of pulse and scent

Who you have always been

Who you are, and who you will be

I hold my lips fast against my teeth

Watch you tremble from cold

Wondering when and if to speak

The truth a mortal should never have seen.

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