by Alexis Norris

and we started this innocently enough
both of us agreed we didn't want anything serious
just fun, laughter, diversion--
mutaul appreciation of fascinating things
earthy, real, you could grasp it in your hands it was so real

somewhere something changed
and i  wanted more ; i wanted him to be more
than my occasional diversion,
my occasional frolic in the park.
i wanted his emotion
to mirror the emotion i felt

sitting there, feeling the detachment between us
different worlds, different destinies, completely different lives
clearly he doesn't share my turmoil
ha!  the very thought is ridiculous
and my only consolation is that enveloping beast,
self pity.