Soft-Spoken

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    Present

    In the absence of

    Will

    Left with only

    Desire

    I desire only the

    Rain.

    Not a tough muscled

    Storm,

    But a steady

    Soft-spoken

    Even warm,

    Drizzle

    Running gently down

    My bedroom

    Windows.

    Constant

    Steady

    Rhythmic, yet,

    Lyrical.

    Overpowered,

    Poor Desire,

    Enfeebled

    By so great a Love, no, by

    Loves inconstant.

    Love

    Given, but not

    Expanded

    Then,

    Withdrawn, retracted,

    Hidden, and finally

    Contracted.

    And not by

    Me,

    No, not by me.

    But,

    If a true Love came,

    I

    Mean, if the Rains

    Came

    Steady, Soulful, quietly

    Verbal,

    I mean,

    Aural,

    Drip

    Drip Drip

    Like Heaven’s blood drops or

    Milk

    My desire

    Would be

    Transfused, transformed,

    Become

    A radiant, reflective

    Transubstantiated,

    Soft-spoken

    I.

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