laughing lonely

©2022 Michael Raven

wondering you
laughing lonely
at the end
of the winding
forest lane
perhaps we
once knew
stone cracked red
between
before

rain or tear
all the same
your cherry
black tresses
fringe framed
dark eyes
laughing lonely
so very lonely
at the end
of the winding
forest lane

William Shakespeare quote

I have neither the scholar’s melancholy, which is emulation; nor the musician’s, which is fantastical; nor the courtier’s, which is proud; not the soldier’s which is ambitious; nor the lawyer’s, which is politic; nor the lady’s, which is nice; nor the lover’s, which is all these: but it is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, which, by often rumination, wraps me in a most humorous sadness.

William Shakespeare, As You Like It

regrets/

wineglass lipstick kiss
cigarettes not mine
the traces left behind

drunk on her kiss
"yes", on my lips
i ached to acquiesce
but
haunted by
my own judas --
i could never do the same
to someone i knew

and so "i can't"
came instead...

she left angry,
and i was left
embracing only regrets