Love Sleep

We hoped to hold back hours with kisses
Make each night this night with caresses
And tears cried making love
But this world we’ve made is much too young
The other place overtakes it
Day is dawning on our precious night
Our souls indistinct do not wish to rise
We loathe to wake even from death to any but this life
Parting lover and beloved and parting being lost
And so drown me deep in love-sleep’s fitful toss
And let us dive, dive until we have no strength to climb
No will to struggle, no need of air, no mind
And no help, if this is death
But love’s last lips sharing one final breath

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