Naked As the Night

by Paula M. Patton-Ross

Walking the way to the waters edge
Emptiness followed me silent as a stranger
I am as you left me.

There wasn’t much in the air
Or the ocean surrounding
To help me out
The tide rushed in
A paper moon suspended
Still nothing was connecting

At times the velvet sky would call
Such an obscure blanket
With tiny flecks of gold

I really didn’t want to listen to the air
To what it tried to explain
Of tomorrow and all it would hold

Promises had skipped away
Like stones skidding
Across a rarely still sea
Soon she would open her mouth to swallow

I clasped my ears
To her imprints of loneliness
Hid my minds eye
But your face….
Your beautiful face
I’d no longer see tomorrow
It was every star above
Every angel dear
With the knowledge of God
Fallible mortality
Every secret blanched white

By love’s sweet promise broken
Leaving me
Naked as the night.

Naked As the Night by Paula M. Patton-Ross

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