castroI have known love by another name,
turned to song, battered and reluctant,
surfacing for air in just a few words.
distracted by memories of another life.

I have been love in someone else’s
thoughts,

danced into a corner. comparing a friend
to a dimming of the light. saying we
never did that was our only sin.
unclaimed love was never meant to last.

on and on forever.
love is not our doing but our surrender.

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Jesse Castro is a poet, outsider artist, community activist, art educator and advocate for the displaced and at-risk children and their parents.

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