October Song

By Marilyn Chin

The prince speaks

Let me lower the curtains, my love
Our last night together is brief
Let me straighten our wedding quilt
And warm it for you, my love

Let me fold your nightgown, my love
Let me unfasten your hair
Let me lift the veil from your face
To see my bride’s last cry

Heaven is our starry canopy, my love
Earth is our eternal bed
Let us drift in our cold black railroad car
And wake to empire again