love poem by pd lyons inspired by the meeting on the turret stairs

National gallery of Ireland – Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederic William Burton


I know now

These cold stones

Lead up and down

to nowhere


I know now

These shadows

Indeed empty

Conceal not

your warm embrace


I know now

How little all else matters

Such as duty bound

or destiny


I know now

A love enduring

Having lost all

Is left with needing not.


When last my love we met here

Your strong arms to hold me

Barley room to turn my tears away


The kiss you stole

The kiss I gave


Only empty shadows now

Will meet me here upon the turret stairs

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