Paul Archer - photo Paul Archer - poet, translator



No more questions

We don't think about any of this
when we start with the innocent
'I love you' and 'I love you too'
and share our first shy kiss,

how forgetting we have to die
makes untrue our later words
to love forever, or 'forever
and a day' - however we try,

all of us on earth are cursed
by a question for even those
lovers with no questions left:
which one of us will be the first

to break the bounds of day
and be shaped into a memory,
and which one will be left behind
to see that memory wither away

into a pale grey shadow. We
are no different from the rest,
so be with me now, and now again,
and be with me here, just be.


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