I could hardly calm him
He could hardly calm me.
He didn't want me to see such a thing.
We were huddled, terrified
Trying desperately to convince each other
That no one is going anywhere.
We clung to each other
Like scared children.
A jab in the night disturbed me,
And at once I became protective of him.
With a rage that could take on an army
Of a hundred men or more.
I was like a dying animal,
Beneath a porch in the heat.
I will thrash and bite,
Only to bring death nearer.
Such poison sweetness.
He grabbed my face,
Breathlessly he tried to keep me present
"It isn't worth it" He said, "Just stay."
Finally we could fall into restless sleep
I guarding over him like a cur
Who's master fell wounded
Impaled by fifty arrows.