How long have you stayed awake To forge the night from your eyes? I wish to see What your scarlet heart has dreamed Beyond the realm of sleep. When you begin to sigh Let the pain slip by From hands that have shielded your face, Under covers, where blood is to taste From marks where the world has bitten Your neck to the spot of your flood In gulps of air, twisting as tempests. Let me love While the Earth scorns itself, While the graves mourn themselves, As I bleed tears upon this soil To grow something that shall never foil. My eyes begin to say to myself That to find the woman of my kind Makes to love, her remedy from above, While currents dance, as rivers toss The startled beauty of so much loss.