SHEATHS OF THE HEART

 

The shadows grow longer

As the day drifts to a close

Thoughts and feelings
Move as curtains in front of an open window

 

The scent from the Lotus

Mixes with the Passion Flower

Their respective color and light covers you

Covers you both

 

As you sit on the balcony in the early evening

On yet another day

With the honk of horns

And echoing of empty words

 

Drifting up from the street below

Peace you know, you both know

For you both know

One cannot truly love

 

Until nothing is wanted in return

Wants are peeled away one by one and let go

Like dry onionskins they are dropped into the blowing wind

Until finally you find yourself standing

 

Side by side

Alone but together

Bare but whole

In front of the rising morning sun