🎨William Oxer

Sweet repentance of the Magdalen

Toxic reverie

His beloved face floating about her

memories and breathless wishes…

Noli me tangere…

Do not touch me…

The honeyed words still echo in her ears

as she recounts each breath, each step

he took in her presence…

The greater pleasures of the distance

trump the imperatives of presence and the flesh,

much as the need to sail the seas

trumped life for sailors

who gladly sacrificed all

to give us the globe 🌎

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