Her finger at my cheek,
Voice timid and meek,
I see the ends of her lips shiver,
Words dying there which she couldn’t utter,
She choked and smiled and cried anew,
And her soul whispered, I love you,
She looked at me, her eyes red,
As I lost the love I once had,
Then she asked that which I feared,
‘How can you be so hard on me dear..
Was everything a lie you said,
Was it never there, the love we had?’
I shook my head, my eyes bowed low,
I was crying and she shouldn’t know,
How can you be so hard? She asked again.
My love, you stone, said her eyes in pain,
I wanted to console but could find no way,
How do I tell her I am dying today?
(First published in Ancient Heart Magazine)