by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

by Dan Hill

You ask me if I love you

And I choke on my reply

I’d rather hurt you honestly

Than mislead you with a lie

And who am I to judge you

On what you say or do?

I’m only just beginning to see the real you

And sometimes when we touch

The honesty’s too much

And I have to close my eyes and hide

I wanna hold you til I die

Til we both break down and cry

I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

Romance and all its strategy

Leaves me battling with my pride

But through the insecurity

Some tenderness survives

I’m just another writer

Still trapped within my truth

A hesitant prize fighter

Still trapped within my youth

At times I’d like to break you

And drive you to your knees

At times I’d like to break through

And hold you endlessly

At times I understand you

And I see how hard you’ve tried

I’ve watched while love commands you

And I’ve watched love pass you by

At times I think we’re drifters

Still searching for a friend

A brother or a sister

But then the passion flares again