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by Richard Vince

When unwelcome thoughts visit my mind,
Do you see them arrive? Do you know
What I am ashamed to think?

Whenever your smile drops and reveals
Bare acknowledgement or apparent disdain,
I feel completely exposed; like my
Treacherous mind is naked before you.

She must know, I tell myself. She must
Be hearing the darkest of my thoughts,
Somehow, even as I try to dismiss them
From my amoral consciousness.

Logically, I have nothing to fear: I am
Human, and this is a fundamental aspect
Of our condition; something that defines
The world we call our own. And yet
I know it is wrong to think like this.

This world has become too complex for me:
When I hear those words, those three infamous,
Much ridiculed words, I am taken back
To a simpler time, before she even existed.

And therein lies the problem. Those words,
So innocently spoken, will always
Remind me that our worlds will
Never be one.


Posted on 02/22/2013
Copyright © 2022 Richard Vince

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Megan Guimbellot on 02/23/13 at 04:04 AM

This has a hell of a strength to it, but also a wonderful sadness and honesty. I really loved this.

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