Neil Graham Marsden

Cold Days

You called today on one of your 'Official Visits' to our home
the place where tempers had been silenced
and where passions had been fully spent.
I kissed the lipstick traces on your cup when you had gone.

Throughout your stay I wanted just to hold you,
to tell you that despite all, my hatred was in check
you came to ask when I would surrender our home to you
when I just wanted you to say that I should stay.

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