Back to Basics
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
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