Lord Shiva

we have traveled 
ten thousand
dreamless miles
without each other,

in the past,
present, and future, in unknown realms,

in a dungeon of thorns,
by both spirits and men.

Each morning, I sit in envy
of those who knew you rising from your bed,
to place a garland
of Datura fruits around my neck

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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