Poem – “Once I saw you Undressed Near a Lake” – Romance – 4/11/2020

No longer shed the tears,
No longer shed the struggle.
You collapse on knees as old as the stones behind you,
That you drag.
Though, your nakedness
Has been something to kiss
For beauty’s sake.

Life has stepping stones,
Not weights for shoulders.

Love searches for paths in bones,
Calling a ring up to ears that sting.

Once I saw you undressed near a lake,
As you crawled beneath the waves,
The boughs above,
As the flood was your tears,
As the most vulnerable doe, to see your utmost fears.

Please weaken yourself no longer,
As you find meaning in pain.

Once I saw you undressed near a lake,
As tomorrow’s burden comes to shelter you
In its wake.