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And these are the reasons why I can not love you

by Angie Jenkins

Your naked body wraps around mine, tightly, clinging
Clawing at me to be
Longing for your breath to fill my soul,
For that one aching, desperate need to run hungrily through my veins
As though my very being depended on your every thought
Fiercely begging silently for me to want you, feel you,
Need you

I slowly roll over, my shoulders sliding unconsciously through your grasping fingertips
Unable to feel the radiation illuminating from your heart onto my skin
My blood flows steadily, unperturbed and without cause
My chest rises and falls in equal increments, my breaths long and slow and steady
I sleep soundly, snoring softly
Unaware that I am loved
Unsure of what love is
Unable to give you what you deserve


Posted on 11/10/2011
Copyright © 2024 Angie Jenkins

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mo Couts on 11/10/11 at 01:46 AM

Oh wow...I've definitely felt these words so fiercely and not been able to express them to another; thank you for getting them out. So wonderfully done!

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 11/10/11 at 05:20 AM

i've been on both sides of this...and i much prefer it in the middle...sharing reciprocity

Posted by Kristine Briese on 11/11/11 at 02:09 AM

Beautifully intense; love the imagery.

Posted by Lori Blair on 11/14/11 at 10:12 PM

Beautifully expressed whole-heartedly..and I know exactly what you mean! loved it!

Posted by Adele Cameron on 11/21/11 at 09:54 AM

aaayyyyy.... those words cut quick, haunting.

Posted by Jody Pratt on 01/16/12 at 07:53 AM

Painful memories.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 01/12/17 at 01:34 PM

You can lead a lover to bed but you can't make him or her love you beyond the bedding.

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