I have reached
the deepest depths of the oceans
hunting for the rarest pearls,
that my soul preserves
and my body recalls.
I climbed the highest peaks
to get flowers
that no one else
has ever picked.
I filled up
trunks and chests
with essences and perfumes
of spices and fragrances
among regrets and longings
among desires never dormant
among illusions of false loves.
I will continue to live
not to die,
to search
to pretend to find,
to love
to never give up
but you

bewitched my heart.

January 19, 2020