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All the endings in my life rise up against me

All the endings in my life
rise up against me
like that sea of troubles
Shakespeare mixed
with metaphors
like Vikings in their boats
singing Wagner
like witches
burning at
the stake
I submit
to my fate.
I know beginnings
their sweetnesses
and endings
their bitternesses
but I do not know
continuance
I do not know
the sweet demi boredom
of life as it lingers
of man and wife
regarding each other
across a table of shared witnesses
of the hand in hand dreams
of those who have slept
a half century together
in a bed so used and familiar
it is rutted
with love.
I would know that
before this life closes
a soulmate to share my roses
I would make a spell
with long grey beard hairs
and powdered rosemary and rue
with the jacket of a tux
for a tall man
with broad shoulders
who loves to dance
with one blue contact lens
for his bluest eyes
with honey in a jar
for his love of me
with salt in a dish
for his love of sex and skin
with crushed rose petals
for our bed
with tubes of cerulean blue
and vermilion and rose madder
for his artist's eye
with a dented Land Rover fender
for his love of travel
with a poem by Blake
for his love of innocence
revealed by experience
with soft rain
and a bare head
with hand in hand dreams on Mondays
and the land of fuck
on Sundays
with mangoes papayas
and limes
and a house towering
above the sea.
Muse I surrender
to thee.
Thy will be done
not mine.
If this love spell
pleases you
send me this lover
this husband
this dancing partner
for my empty bed
and let him fill me
from now
until I die.
I offer my bones
my poems
my luck with roses
and the secret garden
I have found
walled in my center
and the sunflower
who raises her head
despite her heavy seeds.
I am ready now Muse
to serve you faithfully
even with
a graceful dancing partner
for I have learned
to stand alone.
Give me your blessing.
Let the next
epithalamion I write
be my own.
And let it last
more than the years
of my life
and without the least
strain
two lovers bareheaded
in a summer rain..

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