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Lies Of Perfection

in the night, he reaches, my body responds, aching to be near 
yet the mind screams, pulls back inside its deep recesses
familiar pain rears, sits nonchalantly, laughing, taunting me 
is it I who am loved or am I just involved in the act of love 
the end justifying the means, a single moment, a brief interlude 
conveniently remembered and enacted, how can one truly tell? 

I opened my heart and yet I know, I'm not what he was looking for
the knowledge leaves me cold and saddened, ice forming around my core 
rejection, inferiority, second best, all words that accurately describe 
yet leave no telltale signs of the great pain that they have inflicted 
reality and yet my hands roam freely his body as I welcome him inside 
to lie buried deep within my being, my heart beating furiously

the sheer joy of being loved blocking out the fear, feeding on hope 
even if his emotions are not real, every fibre of my being yearns 
to one day capture all his love, to see it expressed in his eyes 
to silently carve my essence indelibly upon his heart,
to feel it in his smiles warmth, as his eyes adore each curve  
the knowledge that says you are mine and I will love you always 

everyone wants perfection, those that know that they are not 
nor ever will be the one, suffer from the lies of perfection 
so here I lie, accepting the very little that is being offered 
praying to someday find more, existing in that in between world 
between shadow and light, where nothing is clear, everything is shaded
needing to be perfection to someone, as I breathe deeply with eyes drifting into 
my dreams, helplessly staring across the bed of my future
 


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  1. Date: 3/19/2011 3:31:00 AM
    Been a while since I've seen your name on the site! Nice to read your awesome Poetry again!

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 5:47:00 PM
    Really enjoyed reading this poem. Very deep.

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 5:29:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Bernadette. Have a wonderful week and may you have baskets full of inspiration come your way. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 5:24:00 AM
    Bernadette, this was fantastic laced with that sadness. I fully understand these as I was there myself a few years ago. Excellent lines!