The Lonely Heart

I am lonely for some loving,
A little bit will do;
I am craving some affection,
A small caress or two.

My soul is hungry for a touch,
A tender word and kiss;
Just a soft and joy-filled moment,
I do not ask for bliss.

I've lived my life so long alone,
Bereft of love and care
From a man whom I could cherish;
I've so much love to spare.

Although I smile at passing strangers,
I'm sure my guise is thin;
Perhaps they see, behind the smiles,
The lonely heart within.

~Copyright © 1974 Ruth Gillis~

Previously published in the April 1995
issue of RB’S Poets’ Viewpoint

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