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I Wish So Much to Hold You

If I held you gently,
balancing you birdlike on
an erect index finger
walking gingerly
so as not to disturb
your equilibrium,
would you stay?

If I held you with strength
binding you with chains:
economic and emotional,
if I wouldn't let you go
but I faltered and my chains broke,
would you stay?

If I held you sensitively,
acknowledging your strength
the vital strength of...
of weeds pushing up through concrete,
would you stay?

Let me know
why you would stay.
I wish so much to hold you.

This is a love poem to my readers.  My book I Wish So Much to Hold you is available at www.buybooksontheweb.com.

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