Sonnets: “Familiar Pain”

Familiar Pain

If I continue on my present course,

I cannot help but come to lose my mind,

The strongest feeling left me is remorse,

And solitude the answer that I find.

I ask so little, yet it seems too much:

To share complete, unfettered, selfless love,

To feel the titillation of a touch,

Which does not fade and we can’t rise above.

I know that what I search for is not real,

Yet I can’t still the yearning in my heart,

Reason decries the tenderness I feel,

Still, I trudge onward playing out my part.

I struggle daily to gain self control,

Conscious that I am heading for a fall.

From Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems (C) 2011 Victor D. López
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