live, die, repeat

we crossed blades with a sibilant hiss
i knew
in that first lover’s touch of edge on edge
he had the memories too
his hawk eyes stared
stricken
every movement we made
was a memory flooding back
of the same movement made before
time and time again

we hadn’t just met in some other life
we had met in every other life
as lovers
as opponents
as friends
as enemies
and in that first moment of seeing
of our eyes meeting
every second raged back
a thousand years of love and hate and despair and hope

what had we done
to earn such a fate
such a curse
for even as i loved him
the person i was in this life
would either kill him or be killed by him

we wept as we fought
we smiled as we died
and leagues away
we were born again
destined but unknowing

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