I bit off flower petals
And stood at the shore of the ocean
Beating against my chest
“Am I missed?
Can you hear me in this wilderness?”

Desperate for just one kiss
Of hallelujah
From a perfect pair of broken lips
That understands the ebb and flow of life:
The celebration that follows consumption
With that first breath of air

Simply because it’s a kiss that understands
Supernovas in their climax of light,
Simultaneously exploding,
Ultimately dying
The paradox of a man
Pleading with His final breath
For those who shouted “crucify!”

It’s a kiss that sees me hungry for life at the ocean’s edge
Beating against my chest
Entrenched in the hellish mysteries of wilderness
Lands on my forehead and whispers tenderly
“I’ve been through this.”


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