No allusions to talking sticks,
or metaphors of a chrome plated god,
because it's only life.
I can make use of a woman
with supple ankles stepping off the bus
kindling my hips and heart,
(but you've heard that one before,)
and, it's only life, so this might
just read like an instruction manual,
or both halves of a confessional,
but there will be no use made
of dancing dogs or moonlight
in battle, because it's only life,
and I have never really known
what it is I want to say to you.
It’s something like, "I love you,"
but asides from just being
very frightening to say,
I also think, it's more.
If it's only life, it's also
and what can be said that penetrates
death. What can be said
that won't collapse like engine failure
in the span between you and I,
if I try to say an "I love you"
that's truer than death.