beloved 5

by Donald Kuspit

love rises like a phoenix
                                     from the ashes of absence,
spreading its wings
                           in renewed surprise,
riding the wind
                   to the rapturous heights,
where the sun
                 in your smile never sets,
darkness ousted
                   by luminous passion,
the fire burning
                        undimmed by distance.
fly with me beyond words,
                                 the ashes of memory,
fly beyond sun and moon
                               to the mythical stars,
where we will form
                          our own constellation,
haunting the infinite
                             with our intimacy,
the phoenix no longer
                             in need of death to live.