Love Embodied

 Love Embodied

— For Frances

When the silence came stalking, 

asking for me,

you knew we’d join hands. Turn our backs

to its hollowed-out dream. 

I knew you’d help carry the light,

though it weighed so little; was so fluid, 

so hard to grasp. 

You knew it would flood our lives; burn the silence 

from our bodies; rip it

from our shadows. 

Our blood wouldn’t be spilled; our words rot. 

You were — are — love, embodied.


Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy has been published in a number of literary journals and authored four poetry collections, The Shaman Speaks (forthcoming), Shoreline of the Heart, Having Lived and Crafting Wings. He is a member of the Colorado Authors’ League; for eight years was poetry editor for a literary publication, Halfway Down the Stairs.

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