Mike Acker

Do I Love You?

Do I love you?
Yes, of course
I do.
Did I always?
Yes, of course
I did.
It's when
you ask:
' Then, why? ',
that I can
give no answer.

I simply did
what I had to do.

I told the lies
and whispered
the bitter-sweet
you needed to hear
and acted the roles
and painted the smiles
on the masks
I had to wear
that covered
the pains.

I built the sets
which you needed
to walk through
in order for you
to stay with me.

For, it was always
about the whys
and not the lies.
It was never the lines
but what's between,
where the meanings died.

All that smoke
and all those mirrors
and the mirages
I needed to make
all for you
and never for me.

We had to dance
The Dance,
that grand
Dance of Deceits.
It's what gives
the life which
gives no damn
about our hows,
and, of course,
our whys.
Mike Acker

Submitted: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

Topic of this poem: Love

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  • Rookie - 343 Points F. J. Thomas (8/13/2014 2:26:00 PM)

    hm...as we learn there are no more smoke and mirrors; I would rather give no surprises nor receive any. A wonderful, and unfortunately all to often true, story you have woven Mike. (Report) Reply

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