Deep Waters - Visitor's Poem

by Jo Goldberg
(Rugby, West Midlands, UK)

I looked into your eyes one day
And fell into your soul
I had not travelled there before
It was a strange and confusing journey

I had walked the corridors of your thoughts before
As far as you'd permit
We talked and laughed and shared some thoughts
But fenced were they with mutual restraint

I looked at you so many times
And focused on your beauty
Your round strong head, your proud and powerful arms
I liked the wideness of your chest
The slimness of your hips
I loved your smile and passionate lips
I enjoyed the brightness of your eyes

I savoured them like a connoisseur
With impartial eye
Like buying a car
But I never started the engine to hear its steady purr

I always walked around the edge
Of the deep waters that are you
Each step carefully distant and holding tight to other things
I did not hear the wisdom
I did not feel the touch
Of a good and gentle spirit
Quietly watching from the river bank

But that day I fell into your soul
I shook my head to chase the need
That suddenly shot into my heart and threw me out of time
My eyes did not find empty halls,
You stood at every corner

I could not box my thoughts
And label them for use
I knew I did not love you
But I knew I certainly could
Had I already lost you
By not seeing you for you

We have not spoken of these things
All hopes on hopes hang high
You picked me up from out the dust
And set me straight away
You gave me the knowledge that there are others there
Perhaps you never even knew you did these things for me

The day I fell into your soul
You saved my life

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