Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Issue 20, November 2021

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D i v i n e D esi r e D i an al ee Vel i e to Joe Velie, August 16, 1944 to February 8, 1985

I cel ebr at ed y ou r bi r t h d ay tod ay, str etch i n g ou t u p on ou r bed , t h e p r i st i n e w h i t e ey el et sp r ead t au gh t an d t u cked n eat ly ben eath m y bod y.

W ar m br eezes bi l l ow ed sh eer w h i t e cu r t ai n s, y ou r p r esen ce su r r ou n d i n g m y em p t i n ess, i gn or i n g t h e sep ar at i n g vei l .

Fi l l ed w i t h n ost al gi c d esi r e, y ou ar ose f r om t h e d ead sh ock i n g m e w i t h gen t l e str okes of n i gh t ai r scen ted by l i l i es of t h e v al l ey.

L ater , sat i at ed , y ou r bou qu et sti l l l i n ger i n g, I st u d y t h e ascen d i n g bl u e f l am e of th e f l i cker i n g f l or al can d l e, m ake a w i sh an d bl ow ;

t h e sam e w i sh , y ear af t er y ear , t h at y ou m ay com e agai n .

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