Long After

The woman that I love is warm and kind.
My love for her will never go away.
She holds enthralled my body and my mind.
I love her more than I can ever say.

When first we met, she made me deaf and blind:
I left the travelled path and lost my way;
An inner weakness paralysed my mind;
I knew not good from evil, night from day.

But as I struggled in my desperate sin,
Inflicting more on her than I could bear,
Her living warmth inspired me to begin
To build our living castle in the air.
And now in peace we live in it at last -
In harmony, the future and the past.

2003

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