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Closet Tale

by Karl Waldbauer

Closet Tale

If you could reach across the universe holding a golden cup,
you might catch my tears and make sweet wine…I loved that much.
I would show you how our kisses might taste if Time had been our friend.
With you I lived a ragged lie
never letting on how consumed I was when we talked of distant stars, of rushing rapids, of rocking chairs,
of things that were not to be.
You owned my heart while I had a passion that always smoldered,
never to burn true and bright.
We smothered our love with a blanket of fear and surrendered not even to ourselves.
I never thought I’d outrun you but you fell into a dark abyss,
a needle’s gleam your only light.
If I could reach through time I’d offer you a chalice full of my dreams and nights we didn’t share.
You’d press it to your lips and taste the life that might have been.


Posted on 08/06/2005
Copyright © 2023 Karl Waldbauer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 08/16/05 at 09:26 PM

this broke my heart... gods, you have captured this fully... brilliant write from you, my friend... blessings...

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/17/05 at 05:02 PM

A sad, tragic story, beautifully expressed; indeed worthy of the top ten list, Karl. Congrats!

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 08/19/05 at 03:12 AM

'might have been.', dead but so alive in associations with all kind of possibilities in the projections as what could be, not even what should be.

Posted by Rula Shin on 08/19/05 at 07:21 PM

As Ashok says, "dead but so alive in associations" - and associations are not LIFE. "We smothered our love with a blanket of fear and surrendered" - it is such realization too that can hold us in the grip of yet more fear and regret, and that which finds us projecting to what could have been, what might not have been, and what was. Where is the living and the love? It is in the mind attached to those links. I enjoyed very much the images in this piece and the tale is indeed heart wrenching, so sad. My favorite images are those of drinking from the chalices if one could only "reach across the universe" and "reach through time" - though we might as well declare these points moot. Nicely done :-)

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