Poem – “Turn your Eyes Away” – Bereavement – 9/6/2020

You turn
The blue from the storm,
Leaving me to grapple the waves
By my hands,
Upon this desolate land
Where the ripples break me.

You churn
The waters beneath my crutches.
I rotate these handlebars, slowly,
To fathom your deepest apology
That came riding from your mouth,
When the last breath was taken.

Like a church that never met winter,
Like a lake that never awakened the sun,
Like a flame that never was extinguished,
Like a heart that never began beating.
A love is always mourned
When one remains standing.

To raise a flower from your cheeks,
To stretch the petals to your nose.
I remain here to love
With forever to my heart.