Vows: Two Becoming One
by John C. Mannone

Hers                                                                          His

The tympani inside your heart                           I feel, just as the stardust in my eyes
echoes in your clear-as-a-bell blue eyes           whenever I cradle your smiles in my
that vow to hear                                                      a lullaby, hazel as sunlight shining
every touch, every sign                                         through morning mist—
I leave for you                                                         a promise to cherish
and a promise to let you keep all the stars        your soul poured out
even the ones sifted from my hair                       into my hands: my heart for you
that are wishes; and prayers                                will overflow always


John C. Mannone has work in Split Rock Review, Agave, BlazeVOX, Tupelo Press, Raven Chronicles, Poetica Magazine, Synaesthesia, 3Elements Review, The Baltimore Review, Rose Red Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Tipton Poetry Journal, Prairie Wolf Press Review, The Pedestal and others. He’s the poetry editor for Silver Blade and Abyss & Apex, and an adjunct professor of physics in east TN. His work has been nominated three times for the Pushcart. Visit John’s blog, The Art of Poetry here.


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