Distant Lights for Eyes
By Charles Bane, Jr.
If I had distant lights for eyes
I could find you from far;
from smoke and spirits , unravelling
unexplained. They set us down
but turn away. But
beholden to no faith,
staying straight and true the whole of
me lengthens into loving you.
It is incorporeal, to write of it
and when my work is finished
I lay. But, at twilight, the flooring's swept,
the loom removed in lowering steps
and a hearth of sparks is overturned.
In dreams, I know unfailing life.
Did we not walk in reverie an Eden
of the evening long? Did we not stop
beneath a cataract and,
naked in rapture, press our lips below
its spill? Do I not love you well
who carries from his sleep
an odor of stars?
Charles Bane Jr. is an American Poet. Curbside Splendor published his first book The Chapbook (July 2011) and will publish his second book New Poems (October 2012) via Concepcion Books, a new Curbside imprint.