i have loved you rivers


i have loved you rivers
and trees have bent low
at the power of my yearning

i have loved you rain
and thunder, and skies that opened
and lightning that danced across
endless grey horizons

i have loved you fury
and spent rivers of passion
i have tasted your lust
the sweetest taste and bitter
after, you always, you

i have loved you heavens
and oceans of starlit skies
that dare not shine without you
and I raped the night for one
perfect star to hang around
a solitary finger

i have loved you always
and found myself alone
adrift on a rudderless craft
watching you cry along the shore
refusing to swim to me

i have loved you rivers
of tears of tears of tears
of tears
and heartache, and you have
loved me only
lies.