as much as I loved you
Never propelled Freedom
from the lips that kissed you
and cradled yours back to sleep.
my body never trembled
in the wake of a shrapnel covered night
the way it did under the weight of your hips
sanding themselves off the edges of mine.
The children you dreamt of
are those lost to remnants
rather than ours, and
the union you fought for
was one of nations under peace
rather than the
you and the "s" we no longer discuss.