a gentle caress
the touch of your lips
in a lover’s kiss
my heart skips
how can i tell you
what you mean to me
i don’t want to restrain you if
you want to be free
the words die in my throat
and fall away, unspoken.
how can i know what you’re feeling
when i don’t have the right to even ask
and the doubts crowd in about people you’ve loved
people you never mention
and i wonder who else is in your life.
in a frozen moment
your eyes can bring me to my knees
and we fall together in uncertain passion.
for now that is enough.
©1981 Sharon Gerlach