your mother's one request
If there was a feeling I could give you, like a memory
that comes alive in your chest spreading through your limbs
it would be the feeling I felt when you first appeared in my arms
the pain of moments ago vanished in a gulf of gratitude that was more
than gratitude, joy that was more than joy, that was this everything
impossible for words; it would be the memory I have of keeping you near
as close as possible at all times, responding on cue to lessen
a new distance between us that you knew nothing of. Your breath said
one, not two of one extended.
I would help you see, if I could, the hours spent gazing at your face.
This world is what it is, tearing us apart so completely,
you may die a thousand times before your death. When you feel alone in the forest
please remember this love so big so pure; please remember I fell on sight of you.
See if you will your precious feet through my eyes, touch them for me
I would kiss them if I could
for Elias Winter Drimal