Eyes So Open


“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.”
–Song of Solomon

Awareness follows love
inside the smile
that betrays your eagerness —

the kind anticipating
no need for rest.

You were preceding tiny,
but even your mother
couldn’t detain you
from starting too early.

Your parents swallowed
hope like gentle wine,

felt it
holding life
like an offered chalice,

and passed it to you
in the kissing breath
that now makes your
eyes so open.

[for Patrick Young]

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