In reference to the poem ‘The Flag’ from Pablo Neruda’s The Captain’s Verses. Here is my pledge.
The truth is I would run with you.
These nights when no bed can hold us
down, these blankets uncover us,
in our desires, quivering
as our hearts beat out our souls
ascending out of our skins.
The satellite of your gaze keeps me
locked in the orbit of your heat,
your passion. And I am in place,
surrounding you. Moving. Still.
By you, without doubt,
no fear; with you, certain,
standing, constant as you
have taught me, faithful
as I have known. Steadfast.
We own the truths we know.
We will fight the battles that need to be won.
And if your fingers speak
Of fear, let them tremble
against my palm, with my own.
And if your body exhales
exhaustion, fall upon me
your back to my chest.
And I will keep us upright;
our grasp, firm, our breath
steady, our eyes burn.