Love’s Waterloo

I looked at you a thousand times

before I saw you once

You never did look back at me

my vision sorely trumped


Till that one day I saw you clear

in substance and in form

But still I longed for one more look

where I still got it wrong


You’re with me now in all I say

and everything I do

Though never more than what this is…

a lovesick waterloo


I wish I could have squinted more

or glanced with just one eye

As stars misled a heart deceived

—my fantasy belied


(Dreamsleep: May, 2022)

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