“…As Tall as Cliffs” by Cesar Zayas


We stood there perched upon growing cliffs,
As I drowned in the greens of your eyes,
And our hands clasped, a touch between the lips,
Daring not to look back into those vast open skies.

Envious stares projected from the throngs,
For they gazed upon your beauty, your perfect attire.
And I ultimately knew a lie was wrong,
So I whispered, "I love you," my cowardice now retired.

Our feet rooted themselves deep within,
Determined to outlast earth and time,
But we broke our gaze and committed sin,
And nothing but you continued to shine.

Forever has not ended, I uttered our first vow,
As I stared into the sea underneath your brow.