The Last Kiss by Dave Dutton Fraser

 

I was near asleep

My mind still a slumber.

My heart had no knowledge

Of future events.

 

I hardly noticed or

Even responded

To the taste

Of your sweet lips

 

I had not the opportunity

To savour, enjoy or behold

That which would be

Soon gone forever.

 

If only I had known,

I could have sensed

The meaning and urgency.

Your last act of kindness.

 

If only I had known

That my old fears were rising,

Growing from the earth you salted

And  taking me from you.

 

I would have awakened strong

And held you tight

If only I had known

You were kissing me,

Goodbye.

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