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Only Five Seconds . . .

Kenneth does have a passive attitude toward certain issues in life, but not with sexual harassment and bullying. I can't let these areas go.

The stolen embrace

The stolen embrace

Only five seconds . . .

Five short, insignificant measures of a useless time . . .

Is all I ask . . .


Just five lone seconds . . .

To tell "the" one who drown my heart . . .

Saturated my spirit . . .

With such an absolute loving scent, only held in a heartbeat . . .

And blinded my fleshly eyes to the bondage of rules . . .


Does the heart know such limits . . .?

Or such depths of a pure, untarnished pain . . .?

Can one mortal speak such from a heart that is beyond repair . . .?

I only ask for these five seconds . . .


Years have mocked, stalked and glared back at my longing spirit . . .

Then time itself turned to ask, "if I give you one grant, just one, what would it be . . .?

I trembled as if I I were seeing my own birth . . .

The angels' perfect linen wings ceased their perfect rhythms . . .


Once I lashed at innocent butterfly's set flight . . .

Made light of the canary's lovesick moan . . .

Dirtied the clean water, her satin, and seam . . .

I hated my very heart . . .


And I fell foolishly to my weary, worn knees . . .

The only utterance my muted lips could speak . . .

was "please" . . .

Please . . .


Only five seconds . . .

You can do with the remnant of my soul what you please . . .

And cast my name against the sod and laugh as I become ashes . . .

But only five seconds . . .


Would be all the time I really need . . .

To nurture, love, caress and feed . . .

The hunger only one with my "wound" can feel . . .

Just five seconds . . .


To lose myself in her eyes as youths at play . . .

Turn back your measure of time . . .

Only five seconds . . .

Only five seconds I beg of you . . .


To you it's just child's play . . .

The Master of savage, raging beasts and silently falling birds . . .

Your heart has to have that one space . . .

Just five seconds . . .


I would gladly dance on your lightning piercing a trembling face . . .

Eat the filth of ages past--and curse the places first and last . . .

Digest your lies and ne'er flinch . . .

Just grant me, this wayward servant one meaningless wish . . .


I am exhausted and have exhausted you with my begging . . .

Tears dried in my eyes, tongue ceases my pleas . . .

The serpent licks a skin too closely . . .

You regard its place while hiding from my deathly face . . .


So if you will . . .

Only five seconds . . .

None more. None less . . .

I will labor to curse your foes or bow to bless your chosen . . .


Then, and only then, if she leaves and walks on songs out of my breath . . .

Then I will gladly embrace the cold, heartless, merciless face of death . . .

Only five seconds . . .

Only five seconds . . .

Absolute moments

Absolute moments

© 2016 Kenneth Avery

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