Imaginary Lovers

Now I live alone although
It wasn't always this way
I have loved many times over
Now alone I choose to lay.
Sometimes it is healthy
To let old memories revive
To pain your heart a little
To verify you are still alive.

I do not know why it happens
Or why we cannot forget
The memories in our minds
We remember with some regret.

Perhaps we envision memories
Larger rather than small
To conjure up a safe device
For building up a wall.

It is only human need
To be desired and to be held
Whether love is near or gone
You learn to wear a shield.
It is because of love
That now I live alone
As the lovers in my mind
Are kinder than those I've known.
Poem by Carol Barton
Copyright 2005 ~  Carol Barton
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