‘a shooting star’

By | 24 July 2007

a shooting star
a flashing sword
a nibbled ear
a young man in a torpedo at dawn
preparing to die
his letter to his parents written
he nibbles the memory one last time
of the soft skin behind his sweetheart's ears,
shivers at how she trembled under his tongue
when she gave herself
the night of their unknown marriage,
then hits the switch,
like a man who has fully lived,
rigid with impossible passion,
he shouts Banzai
holds her face dissolving
and shoots forward to meet his death.

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