A Poem (and a Drawing)


I Walk Away

I walk away,


breathing ancient thoughts

that condensate in midair, then disappear

into the frozen hands

of my winter night.

I walk away

unable to accept

any validity in the reasons

denying the calling of our flesh,

back turned to the intentions

dancing in the fire.

I walk away

and renounce

our mutual commitment

to perpetuate a cloudy yesterday

and choose you blameless,

uninhibited and free.

I walk away,

uncertain still,

of the fate awaiting

this inconclusive decade of loving,

imperfectly, but loving


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