Love’s Alibi

It is not darkness that I see

In my life destined by brevity

It is a muddled, mottled gray

The witness to a dying day

A twilight of fearful knowing

An acceptance that I am going

Yet, greedily do I cling to each

Gifted moment within my reach

Hoped peace in what may befall

Heedful bow at the reaper’s call

Entreat to me the heaven’s gain

Let me know life without this pain

The only fear I have of death

The missing me a heart will cleft

The sad tears of the one I love

Undried, while I watch above

If only I could, you know I would stay

But this won’t turn out another way

When I go, I but ask of you

Be true to the you that I well knew

Give your love like the gift it is

Deny not another your perfect kiss

Be happy and fulfilled in all things

Revel in the joy that living brings

As I look over you from nigh above

I want to remember the way we loved

And see that smile in laughing eyes

As your life goes on uncompromised

But I have not gone, my love, just yet

I will bear the weight of each final step

That leads me to a life lived brave

Thankful for all that blessings gave

We will laugh and love till the end

I’ll share what’s left with my best friend

When final forces a judging eye

You will be my love’s only alibi

19 Responses to “Love’s Alibi”
  1. beth says:

    how moving- and we are all on our way, just at different times

  2. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful poem, Brad. an ode to the ones we will leave behind, wishing them to both move on and to remember…

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    We all march steadily in the same direction, perhaps ultimately our only commonality is that we’re all on the way to death… because verses my friend!

  4. How eloquently this portrays the seemingly bottomless pit of emotions for the one left behind and, if he who has gone had the emotions, the sorrow he would feel for leaving this beloved behind.

  5. yassy says:

    I needed to read something as beautifully moving as this.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    Oh, I am sobbing. Beautifully expressed.

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is so beautiful. You have taught me much about rhythm and this piece about leaving our loved once behind is gorgeous. Wow! Sending you love and hugs my friend. 🤗❤️💕 Jonikins

  8. You make things sound better.

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