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Shall I wait for you?
I scorn and shun
The moments when you are not by my side
You wander aimlessly
Reticent and seeking

Shall I look into your eyes?
I fear and dread
The time when I could no longer lie
I pretend uselessly
My will is futile and bent

Shall I touch you?
I do not wish to
Because the moment I do
You will know the truth
That I hide

Shall I speak to you?
My words come listlessly
Hiding my true yearning
I shall say
The things I do not mean

Shall I love you?
My heart could never lie
Even if I forever persist
To deceive it, and deny
That it has long since belonged to you

I have to try

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This work is copyright 2023 Shirley Siaton. Excerpt from 'Always, Yours: Facets of Love' (ISBN: 979-8-9878173-3-9), published 20 March 2023 by Inky Sword Books. All rights reserved. Please do not take, repost or distribute in any form without express written permission.

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