No Distance At All
You are never far away from me.
No, not if we are separated by a thousand oceans,
Nor if a mountain, if a mountain range,
Claws its way out of the ground to impede us.
Nay, not if a world-enveloping storm should boil up out of the ocean,
Nor if fire should consume the world.
No, not if a wall that stretched to the moon,
Or if a beanstalk should grow, and keep growing,
Until it became a hedge of beans and razor thorns.
No, not if any force on earth,
We will never be apart.
You are always in my thoughts.
Though a herd of buffalo might storm through the middle of town,
Though a dragon might fly out of the sun,
Though the ground might open up and flowers might grow,
Each one opening to reveal a lump of gold beneath amongst petals.
Even should a million dollars fall at my feet,
Or a two-headed talking dog in bright pink pyjamas take the time to talk to me,
Though a portal might open to another world,
Or the sky might come tumbling down in segments, mistaken at first for rain.
Still, I would never be distracted.
You are always in my heart.
Though I might walk the streets and see a wounded bird
Lying on the pavement, struggling with every breath,
Though I might stoop to lift it out of harm’s way;
Though a hungry child might stare up at me wide-eyed and trusting,
Though a stray kitten might follow me home;
Or a beautiful woman might walk up to me and take my hand in hers,
And make the golden promises I could believe from only her,
Though she might whisper in my ear,
Brush my cheek with her sunrise lips,
Still it is you who remains inside my heart.
Picture credit/discredit: author's own work