SAID LOVE

His task laid out before him,
A challenge real and true;
Touched gently on the shoulder,
Said love, I will help you.

No, scorned he, alone I stand,
Alone I'll always be;
I need no helping hand,
I'm uninvolved and free.

Love smiled.
With wisdom of her years,
Without his knowing,
Softly wiped away his fears.

The silver cup to love he gave;
Said he, this is your due,
The task is done, the challenge won;
This prize belongs to you.

Said love,
With wisdom of her years,
Oh, no, it was your brilliance;
Smiled behind her tears.

Said he,
Alone I'll never be.
Love replied,
We're uninvolved and free.

Copyright 1978 Ruth Gillis

Previously published in the Spring 1995 issue
of Sophomore Jinx

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