Cold Comfort

Friends and lovers

Oft’ may find

They give too much

Too soon, to bind


I will, I do,

Your name and mine

All mixed in as

Intoxicating wine


On second thought

We pause to see

Initial charm has

Misled thee of me


Cold words have flowed

From an insecure place

Their roots have vanished

Without a trace


But pause fair lady

And consider this,

That one who loves you

Regrets cold wish


As has so cruelly

Boxed you in

A place of blame:

You had no sin!


And now from view

Of deep contrition

Would make things right

Through time’s ambition


So allow me darling

If you would

To work on me

To carve this wood


And make for thee

A better man,

Older, wiser,

With loving plan

copyright r.b.franklin 06/11/05
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