I wish I could express it well.
But there are no colors vibrant enough
And no words pure enough
To capture it fully.
I am left to offer mere fragments,
Pieces of a mosaic
That would take more than my life
I wish there were something beyond, "I love you."
I wish there were a more delicate shape than a heart,
With its curves like the neck of two swans
Joined together in their Spring affair.
I wish there were a deeper red.
I wish there were something softer than rose petals.
To rest my hope on metaphor
Would be a betrayal.
I am broken by this inability to express
What is inexpressible in the crude nature
Of human communication,
But it's all I have.
So, like a man down on his luck
In a last-ditch game of poker, I play all of my cards.
Not to win a small sum; I want to lose everything,
That my love would be purely enraptured
In your tender embrace.
James is an accomplished songwriter and aspiring poet whose love for creative writing began when he authored and illustrated his first comic book at age 11. James' poetry was featured recently in Calla Press, and he's currently working on publishing his first collection of poems. James is a devoted husband and father and works full time at his church, handling facility and media operations.