Love's Endurance

Entwined in vines enlaced with leaves
entombed with roots for centuries
lost lovers long embracing found
with haggard limbs like branches wound
about the other to console:
devotions over skeletal
enduring passion past all flesh
revivifying where they mesh
renewing our mortal trust
that after lips slip free from breath
relinquishing their kiss to time
some love does outlast lust and dust
to serve a sermon after death
and reaffirm life's greatest rhyme
may echo on where silence slayed
surviving while the world decayed.

Love's Endurance © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: January 31, 2020