Kathryn Gahl

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O My Love

In Anxiety, Connection, LOVE, Mindfulness, Terrorism on June 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm

the night is not very big
a few hours only
of magic on that side
of Orlando midnight
pulsing music
and transcendent dance
when arms reach heaven
like light

except for you
the stranger

did you never feel
the reality of renewal
were you wary of those who did
when did you dig
the dark grave of hate

if you had been open
I could have shown you
the lark in your throat
the silly in your limbs

I could have taken you
to the Love Lock Bridge
you would have liked it
the dance of love, the soul in strobe

but you with your
twisted resistance
and gunning gaze

now look
what you’ve done

Love Locks


Of Brussels 22 March 2016

In Connection, LOVE, Terrorism on March 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm
I knew you when rain fell
like pearls on your cobbled
sidewalks, a skinny doorway 
where the streetlight smelled
of the sea, Chimay beer,
Dover sole, where the alleys
and shops were safe as sleep
warm as sex

where trains ran on time
and we all took time for one another
to enjoy a joke or a smoke,
where I waved to you from the
plane, promising we'd be
together again soon
when we would hold hands
and stroll in the afterglow of
being connected
which we were--a rare and 
beautiful feat to say I knew 
you and I loved you
     just the way you were