Only a half moon is granted sundered lovers






La maja desnuda
Francisco Goya

Only a half moon is granted sundered lovers
  by John MacBeath Watkins
     from The Book of Forbidden Words  copyright 2005

  A calm lake
  a half moon
  clean white sheets
  in a deep black gloom.

  When I lie down without you…
  O why lie down without you?
  I might as well tramp
  some widow's walk
  and wear out the soles of my shoes.

  A calm lake
  a half moon
  empty arms
  and an empty womb…

  O why lie down without you?

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