In the Moonlight, Shadows Dancing
In the moonlight, shadows dancing
against the dampened pane
listening, living, within your breathing,
each breath a tortured strain.
Thinking on the lives below us
just there, upon the street
in the darkened evening's chorus
Hear God's merciful retreat.
What of the times we've been among them?
Busily moving in heartful haste
and now, as precious beats remind us
not one moment was set to waste.
For just now, in shadows' dance with moon
and Earth's revolving race
do I love you more than the tenderest touch
or the most honoring embrace.
I love your wracked and crackling gasps
inflamed, of bitter blood
the stench of decay from within your lungs
I loathe and also love.
And now as time is edging nigh
and as our mortal endings start
in the moonlight, shadows dancing
Love, eternally, hold my heart.