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For Paul

I would call down the stars to dance around you
and watch as the dew bloomed,
standing tiptoe to drink the moon.
I would channel the skies
hold the clouds
run frantically to protect you:
you, smiling bravely and doing your best
to ignore the world as it comes crashing down around you
do you wonder what if
when I'm not there?
did you watch me tiptoeing blindly
across the searing pretense,
knowing that I would be yours soon?

I want to hold you in my arms where no one
will hurt you
I'll fight them all off for you
if you ask me
I'll save you from the world
if you let me.

21 April 2001