Allow me

Let me love,
The way I know how.
Allow me the air,
Upon mine, your breath,
Sigh and exhale,
Inhale and gulp,
That You I sculpt.

Permit me won’t you,
To slow down time,
Sweet memory,
Our paths converging,
The slow dancing,
In the shine of the moon,
Two deer prancing.

Let me be unrushed,
Moments granted,
Your vision met mine,
And brushed my canvas
Those long lashes,
Me burning,
To ashes turning.

Allow me a life,
With you,
Forever imbued,
With the black & white
Of love and loss,
Our joint grief-
Those wounds inflicted,
Bruise perfected.

And if you won’t, then,
Let me breathe just
a little longer,
Allow me to separate,
From my soul the danger,
You, my core.
Or die trying, to untie
The Black from the White,
Allow me, won’t you?


Kamalini Natesan is a teacher of French and Spanish. She is a trained singer and jams with a group of musicians on a monthly basis. She has been blogging regularly since 2013. Her short stories and articles have been published in magazines such as Parenting and New Woman. Some of her poems have also been published. She enjoys travelling a lot, and cooking for friends and family.

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