Beneath the Veil             A. J. Heskett 

I hear you listening,
I see you watching,
I feel you touching
seeking the form
beneath the veil.

Your wounded love, violated
seeks shelter in my heart.
It beats a rhythm,
       (your expectations).
It seeks a grafting in flesh
this thing between us.

You speak of love, and dance
between illusion and ritual.
Half knowing half wondering
       I wait
like a sober child–feeling the moment.
I sense your touch would heal.

You see me listening,
you see me watching,
you touch me, sensing
      my retreat,
pulling tight my cloak, choking
down the hope, beneath the veil.

A.J. Heskett Jul 80

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