The Daylight Comes With Me by John Darwin

Jay Mantri

Leave the world alone and close the door,
seal this room from everything outside,
nothing else exists but these four walls;
we have eight hours and five minutes to decide

Drape your charm around me and yourself,
chide and choke the past and stop the clock,
charm and calm the chaos from my mind,
the terror. What we’ve started cannot stop;

Catch the tears and salt sweat from my brow,
clasp each moment’s passing, breathe it in,
the stomach churns as daylight comes with me
and I go back to her

and you to him.


By John Darwin

Poem provided courtesy of Write Out Loud