I beg these memories in time not fade
Rusted and crisp as the leaves of late fall;
Recall our love as summer in the shade.

Your skin was cool as the finest of jade
Till our lips met and I held you in thrall,
I beg these memories in time not fade.

I am glad our hearts not easily swayed
Held tight to weather through many a squall;
Recall our love as summer in the shade.

And the moments we bowed our heads and prayed,
When under God’s arms we felt very small,
I beg these memories in time not fade.

Not for riches one moment would I trade
For blessed life I have cherished it all,
Recall our love as summer in the shade.

My devotion, dear is a price well paid,
On Heaven’s shores my love for you I scrawl,
I beg these memories in time not fade;
Recall our love as summer in the shade.

Villanelle/love poem
Michael J.Donnelly©2016

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