smile while you hold her close
never mind your lack of hope
think of how there is only now
before you’re drowned by the undertow

the gentle rhythm of her breath
loosens stiffness in your neck
draws away curtains of pain
the drapes of your graying mane

leaves exposed your naked nape
to her fangs and your fate
let her draw your blood and soul
her sharp bite makes you whole

even as you are drained
by this zero-sum exchange
you feel not an ounce of pain
both of you have only gained

then when she walks away
do not force your love to stay
each of you to your own ways
embracing of a brand new day

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