One Night Crown

One Night Crown

I remember
when we first locked legs;
it was bliss.
That day we sang loudest
drowning the envious cries of get a room,
that day I saw heaven in your eyes
and resolved never to quit staring.

I remember that day you said
you’d love to be my crown
even for a night
and how I slapped the words back to its root.

I remember the way our fingers entwined,
fitting perfectly into locks
we swore were the best chains ever.

I remember how the trees danced,
how the stars, at night, twinkled,
how the moon shone brighter than the sun at dawn.

I remember how long the journey was
as I walked down the isle
on that day beautiful Friday evening we chose on our Fourth date.

I remember slipping in the heavy rock on your fourth finger
as we exchanged satisfied glances
and heavy longings.

Alas we were locked out of the world,
our dream was made real
as I existed with you and you alone.

I called you my crown,
you smiled.

We tango-ed,
we salsa-ed,
we kissed.

We slowly fell on our soft comfy bed
as history was launched.
I gave you my purity,
as you looked on me with such pride.

I called you my crown,
yet again you smiled
but this time, the time pricked my heart
and fear rose in me,
kissing it away,
we saw heaven again
and thanked God for the glimpse we once had
and now the real we now lived.

It is 7:35am
and my crown still sleeps,
I planted a peck on his cheek,
it was cold.

I gently shook him
but he was stiff.
I picked up his arm
and it dropped slowly.

…upon his chest, I placed my ears
to catch the faintest of breathes;
all I got was a loud cry of silence.

Yet again, I remembered that day you said
you’d love to be my crown
even for a night
and how I slapped the words back to its root
and hot sticky tears fell from my eyes.

4 thoughts on “One Night Crown” by Maureen Alikor (@Wailingink)

  1. Maggie Smart (@MaggieSmart)

    this is so refreshing and heartbreaking. i could see myself in the words and relate with the story. kudos

    1. Maureen Alikor (@Wailingink)

      Maggie, thank you for reading.

  2. aplusn (@aplusn)


    1. Maureen Alikor (@Wailingink)

      Thank you.

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