you me and we

you, who are not my sky,
nor the roots
beneath my heels,
no longer laud
the lay of my land
nor grasp the quiet span
where knowing fingers
no longer roving go
we are we, ever we two,
never a sum of one
(which only bees achieve),
but as moon is fixed to earth
and earth is fixed to sun
your time is fixed to mine
though the passing sweep
of our feet never more mingle
nor never more meet

© Sarah Whiteley

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