If You Could Stay Until Daybreak

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 11, 2018

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Submitted: August 11, 2018



If You Could Stay Until Daybreak


When the moonlight creeps beyond

the hanging curtains, its pale, milk-stained presence stirring

and gathering dust from every corner

how it sparkles, glowing dimly,

my eyes, still strained by the pressing dark

make purchase on the hollow space where

the moon's light spilled and settled, the space where you

slept, before.  You were solid then,

and still and whole.  Not just sparks of memory

made ghostly in the night.


My eyes adjust to the weak light coming through

the window and my mind

adjusts as well, until once again,

there you are, just as I remember.

Inevitably, just as I remember you.

Plucked and curated by my vaulted mind, there you are,

made softer, made pristine,

by the kindness of my looking back.


Stay a while, won't you?

Help me rest from all the pains,

the burdens of breathing and walking,

waking and working as though the world

could keep on spinning just as ever it did before.

Stay a while and let the milky moon

trace your figure, sharpen the blurred edges of you,

make you just a little more solid. 

A little more than vapor.

A little more than what I can recall.

Tell me something new.

Flash me the precise blue-grey

of your eyes

when you smiled in the afternoons,

hiding secrets that you would take, beyond

my reach.  Stay a while

and help me remember

who we were, together.

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