I awaken from a dream my eyes unfocussed

The colors still swirling in my tired mind

Stretching from silk beds spreads I reach

For a small, silver stiletto blade

Its tip is tainted with my love, sweet love

I pierce it through the vein in my wrist

I only wince as it passes through my skin.

And I pray to the Lord to forgive my sin.

I smile gently as it courses with my blood

I feel it pass through my heart in and out

It slows the beat…my pain ebbs torpidly

Like an echo rebounding too many times

A picture I once saw but cannot remember

My fists unclench as the hurt bids farewell.

Conscious slips through my fingers again

As I lapse into sleep, and whisper "Amen"