Response to Margaret Atwood's "Variation on the Word Sleep"Written: November 24, 2010I would like to see you smiling,just one day and many.I would like to see you,smiling. I would like to hold yourhand now, just to prove thatthere is meaning when yousmile at me,
and walk with you along that sunburnt beach of envious faceswith its delicate castles of warm sand,towards the bench we claim our throne,towards our sunny future,which may not happen.I don't need a diamondring, a jeweled promise, the onegift that would protect usfrom the loneliness at the centerof our fears. I would like to leadyou away from those people whohate, and becomethe crutch that would hold you upindefinitely. A forever friendin two short words,sent to remind you, itwasn't all for nothing.
I would like to know that I won'tbe a figment of the past, only,because I could not stand to bethat unnoticed, and thatall forgotten.
I love you.I am you.