The Life You Save May Be Your Own*

The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Your face, it launch’d a thousand ships.
I sent them out to bring you home.

I couldn’t do what Paris did
And mount you on a Trojan throne.

Your beauty is not trophy-esque,
No amber preserved fly are you,
Your beauty is your clarity:
It told me what I had to do.

I saw lighthouses in your eyes,
They cast warm light on inky seas,
I did not know as I sailed out,
That they had shone for you and me.

Barcelona Kiss
In Figueres, Spain, August 2014.
* Title stolen from a Flannery O’Connor short story.
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