danny boy

Before I came here to the great unknown, 
my parents warned me to be wary of those with concealed arms.
They never had to dodge a bullet
but they made certain that I knew I had to know how.
Vigilance is a key
turned twice for
double-locked
doors
check them again.

they didn't tell me about you.

you, cold-seeker, breath-watcher, they didn't
tell me about your brown eyes honey voice, they didn't
tell me about how I would wait for you after dark to open
double-locked
doors
key in hand
waiting to turn it backwards twice because that would be when you arrived
on my doorstep books in arms, they
opened up to let me read.
then i knew i had to know how.