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Beauty

by Erin Jones

I lay my head on his shoulder and look up at his face.
He looks so peaceful, finally relaxing as he sleeps.
He holds an odd beauty that could be overlooked by others,
     but I know every fleck and shade of blue in his eyes.
I’ve seen the brilliance that can glow behind them when he is happy,
     the darkness that clouds them when he is angry,
     and so many of the stages in between.

I am completely overwhelmed by the swelling within my chest.
My eyes fill with tears and I hold them back as well as I can manage.
One or two slip out, but otherwise, I control them.
I love him so much it hurts and I can do nothing about it.
I warned him about this.
He has captured my soul and I can only lie in wait,
     wondering whether he will destroy it or let it blossom.
Proof has yet to be given to sway me one way or the other.
It scares me more than anything I can imagine.

I whisper, “I love you,” and lean into his shoulder to attempt sleep.

08/16/2011

Posted on 08/16/2011
Copyright © 2020 Erin Jones

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Sarah Wolf on 08/17/11 at 02:28 AM

I like this because it seems so honest and simple which makes it beautiful.

Posted by Mo Couts on 08/17/11 at 03:59 AM

I absolutely agree with Sarah...this is very simple and lovely all at once.

Posted by Lori Blair on 10/17/11 at 04:26 AM

This is so bare, everything is so open..so well expressed and oh how I remember! Awesome write, thank you!

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