A Promise

we moved through the fair
of buried hourglasses and empty trees
dead leaves rustled under my feet
tendrils of rot sliding between us

you told me that you will never die
squeezing the dark oath from my heart
and order, yet not unlike a promise
when I took you into a fog made of ashes

drown in my arms like in black water
your blinding light filling the night’s ravenous maw
we moved through the fair
of broken graveyards and wings of midnight

a pledge of my loyalty hanging over us
when your kisses send shivers down the earth