Tell Me, Can You Still Love Me Then?

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But tell me,
Can you still love me
When the bitter winds
That rise from the south
Steal away the vivid colour 
You have come to admire
And I am left only bleak
Grey and stripped bare
Before your wondrous gaze 

But tell me,
Can you still love me
When I am without life
Under your warm hands
When you dig far below
The outside of my skin
And stumble upon roots
Tangled, twisted, wayward
Between dark layers of my soul

But tell me,
Can you still love me
When you find me there
At home in the darkness
Of my anguish and secrets
Of my loneliness and rage
When these unholy hands
Hold tight the black earth
And I kiss both life and death

But tell me,
Can you still love me
When there is just echo
Of the winter in my bones
And I lay silent, unmoved
By your whisper upon me
Instead lulled by the sound
Of gales that rush toward me
With their loneliness and despair

But tell me,
Can you still love me
When the winds won’t end
And I am the barren hope
Of Spring, kept out of reach
When I am broken by winter
And too cold to speak words
Of how I need your love the most
Tell me, can you still love me then?

~ © Kathy Parker ~

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