it’s all candlelight against infinite
darkness deadfall into oblivion . . .
a kiss in gethsemane’s back alley
one betrayal on the way to martyrdom
roman lash across the shoulders salted
venom rubbed to wound the wounded insult
to injury all in the name of wasted
passion sinking like blood into time’s sands.
yet who can refuse the next breath of life
given its mysterious alternative
terrifying in the face of aspirations
dreams and longings and gloried ambitions
even the love of the moment of sunshine
or the joy of drenching in a soft spring rain . . .