gilded

       gilded
                  for Keikei

better
than any
sun
to track the
sky to its
final edge
to know
the blessing
of having
been,
that
setting sun
the drink
to be drunk
dry
fire that
burns now
the day
to ash.
that kiss
this late
afternoon
we who
first kissed
with salt
spray on
our lips
rain damp
and fragrant
in our hair
of winter
storm
kissed
this day in
the late sun
lushed on
a kiss
sun-kissed
too heady
even for the
sun that staggered
drunkenly down
and muddled
our shadows
longer over
the grass toward
the estuary its
waters already
plated with a
look of evening
i felt that
breath of cold
time beneath
the heel
we must
walk quicker
towards that
falling sun
to kiss in
its gold
while still
we are
warm
while
still we
have warmth
to flee through
nights of a
failing moon
to snuggle
into dawn
and
every kiss
we sway
within is
gold
whatever
minute
that minute
be
even the
last
even
the first

riverside ave
2016

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