Your name is signed
Inked in my blood, across my mind
My pulse, my air and bone and soul
You sing my veins;
You breathe me whole.
I swear to you my strength and youth
A life of sweet and bitter truth
And every silver hair I earn
Every secret that I learn.
Upon your altar I have lain
My verse and music, each refrain
My joy and suffering, my art
The close-writ pages of my heart.
I yield my body, for to bear
Our passion, love — our union's heir
And every work of hand or voice
Every lesson, every choice.
And when at last I fail in breath
I give the hallow of my death
The light of every memory...
And afterward, eternity.