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  Do I pretend?
by Mark M Lichterman
Thursday, October 15, 2009
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                          Do I pretend

Do I pretend to love the woman I have?

Do I pretend to love the woman within my arms?

Do I pretend to love the woman  I know loves me?


Do I love the woman of my dreams,


pretending not necessary, 

 I know I love?


Though my dream is no further than my fingers

to this key board.

And though she answers me in kind,

for I know she loves me,

as she knows I love her,

but a life together?

So we both well know,

can never be.


I’ve spent the years of my life

doing what I thought

I should do,

doing what

I thought I must do.


I’ve spent the years of my life

saying what I thought

I should say,

saying what

I thought I must say.


But now as I grow older...



I must say that now I am older

and this is part of our problem,

hers and mine.

For she is not old,

at least many years from the age of myself.


To do what?


For I know I love her,

this woman of my dreams.

For I know she loves me,


We’ve never truly seen one or the other.


Her hand has never been held within mine.


 Our lips have never touched.


 Our bodies have never met,

other, of course,

then in our spoken dreams.






Do I pretend to love the woman I have?

Do I pretend to love the woman within my arms?

Do I pretend to love the woman  I know loves me?


Do I feel what I think I should feel

for this woman I have?

Do I say what I think I should say

to this woman I have?


Is what is left of my life to be

hollow, untrue words?



Is what is left of my life to be

hollow, untrue emotion?




This woman loves me.


This woman I have

truly loves me.



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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/19/2009
...your heart will guide you to what is best for you now...

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 10/19/2009
very touching verse Mark, made me think of my own marriage, my wife and I were teasing each other one day and it kind of got out of hand.
She hurt my feelings and I hurt hers, but like I told her, it's too dam late to even worry about it, so we shut up and went on to have fun
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/18/2009
I was raised being told to always follow my heart as I only have one life and never to set my happiness aside. Take care Mark.

Your Newfie Friend, Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 10/18/2009
Great poem,excellent work,take care.I enjoy reading it

Reviewed by Lori Moore 10/16/2009
Very creative.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 10/16/2009
Difficult questions, the heart will take its own path. Well penned Mark.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 10/16/2009
Lots of very raw emotion in this write, Mark. The writing of a tortured heart....well penned.

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/16/2009
Torture doesn't always requires to be pulled apart by the rack, just painful thoughts will suffice.


Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/15/2009
A lot of heavy-duty self examination going on in this one, Mark / I imagine that many guys would be able to write a poem such as this one, or at least understand and agree with it / Life is a quagmire of zigs and zags / For the most part we do not seek out a zip or a zag / Life just happens / Good in-depth poetry . . .

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