Twice as bright

I didn’t burn bright enough

 

I was the half lights of dusk and dawn

the frosted light through curtains

you were the midday sun

the window open wide

 

I was the light slipped under the door

like a letter

you were the skylight

drenching us with sun

 

you wanted the lit magnesium

staining your retinas

I wanted the breath

blushing the embers

 

I didn’t want to burn twice as bright

for half the life

I wanted to smoulder

long into the night

 

I offered instead

the whisper of a candle

you had no use for my threads of smoke

to keep us sewn together

 

I wanted the glow of primroses

from the shadows

the blue ring of gas flames

warming our food

 

you wanted the flames

to learn a new dance

leap higher everyday

go beyond sashaying

 

to consume everything

including the shadows

 

 

 

 

 

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