If I Had My Way

image with thanks via Iraj Jahanshahi on facebook

if i had my way
i’d never let you leave

i’d gather
what enchants you
thrills you
makes you laugh
like a child,
become many years younger
and sets 
your heart free

and i’d drench you 
with all this
that delights you
like a mist of cool rosewater
at a sacred ceremony

if i had my way
i would lift all that worries
your beautiful heart,
like a lover lifts delicate buds
off a jasmine bush
to string into a garland
for his beloved
on a hot and humid
moonlit night
in the faraway land
of a faraway time

i would wash
all your deepest
most painful wounds
with my own tears
and blow on them
soft, prayer-kisses

i would hum
for you all night
a lullaby
or your favourite
love-song or prayer
until your eyes cleared
of that ancient pain
you carry

if i had my way
the sound of your voice
your warm fragrant presence
would always be here
you’d always be near

if i had my way
if i only 
had my way

2nd march 2015

from the upcoming book: "The Truth Is Love"
image: with thanks via Iraj Jahanshahi on facebook
for a copy of "Set My Heart On Fire" in pakistan nalayn publications
in South Africa intent publishing
and internationally via amazon

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