To Richard

Four years...
No hugs
No kisses
No loving.

You were all I needed:
My love
My best friend
Parent to the child within me
The answer to a lifetime of loneliness.

When you died...
Again the loneliness
Drove its teeth and claws
Deep into my soul.

Four years.
I love you
I miss you
I lost you
Death won you.

No hugs
No kisses
No loving
Four years --
Gods... I'm lonely.

©1997 Marcia L. Purse

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