Monday, July 13, 2015

Richard Schnap - Beyond the Grave / Thirst

Beyond the Grave
After he died
She kept seeing his face
Appearing before her
In the smeared window
Of a passing bus
Alone in the back
On the label of a bottle
Of imported wine
On a liquor store’s shelf
In the heart of a cloud
Passing overhead
During a gentle rain
And she felt he was trying
To tell her a secret
That only the dead know
That someday she would
Come to understand
When they were joined again
I wake from a dream
Of the woman I loved
A thousand years ago
Whose arctic kiss
Has changed me into
A creature haunting the night
I rise from my bed
Beneath the dark sky
Feeling neither old nor young
Still wondering if
My immortal fate
Is a blessing or a curse
But now it is time
To seek out the blood
I need to stay alive
As I look in the mirror
To see once again
It reflects nothing at all
Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.

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