I love the handful of the earth you are
 
 Through my fingers -you slipping as sand
 
The parts of yourself left behind
 
I cradle with tender care
 
They are the best of you
 
Parts of your spirit
 
Bits of your soul
 
Reminding
 
Me of
You
(C)- Vivian Zems
In response to Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet

Sonnet XVI by Pablo Neruda

I love the handful of the earth you are.
Because of its meadows, vast as a planet,
I have no other star. You are my replica
of the multiplying universe

Your wide eyes, are the only light I know
from extinguished constellations;
your skin throbs like the streak
of a meteor through rain.

Your hips were that much of the moon for me;
your deep mouth and its delights, that much sun;
your heart, fiery with its long red rays,

was that much ardent light, like honey in the shade.
So I pass across your burning form, kissing
you – compact and planetary, my dove, my globe.

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