Measure Of Love

I gave your name to a stranger
In speaking it, I gave you away
I have been hoarding you for so long
Wrapping you with layers of me
To somehow keep you warm

Is the true measure of love
Desiring to see you smile even as I frown?
I would forgive you anything
Is wanting a piece of you selfish?
If I were given but a morsal..a delicate sip
Would I greedily imbibe all?

I stand on morality as if abstaining were a choice
The only thing that preserves me is your withdrawl
By deserting, you save me from myself
Even your indifference is divine

I am still haunted by a dream imagery
Your eyes bored into me as if daring me to deny the truth
One that I did not know you knew
Was I always that transparent?
Were you the only mystery?

I skipped over words that would reveal the truth
I never voiced a lie
But hid it in dark corners you never explored
I wish you would have been more persistent
I wish I had been someone else entirely

Your gaze never wavered as he pulled page after page
Of long beloved poetry
I shrewdly declined to read those too direct
You would have known
With those diamond probes, you would have seen

Even in dreams, I am still hiding
Even subconsciously, I am still lying

If your diaphanous wings spread to me, I would fly
If you entreated, I would willingly launch myself
Into the darkest of caverns
I would burn forever I think
If you were there to quench the flames

This may be the true measure of love…

Measure Of Love

Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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