For an Hour

I loved you
For a lonely day;
You hurt me
For an endless hour;
I cried my tears,
I said my prayers,
And soon my heart
Was still and silent;
Like scarred skin
Or a beaten dog,
It takes a blow
And hardly feels it:
It had been cut
And crushed before,
And never quite
Regained its sensitivity
It can hope –
For a lonely day;
It can throb –
For an endless hour;
But then,
It turns to ice again,
So I can look into your face
And share your dear laughter
As if you hadn’t
Meant to hurt me,
As if I hadn’t
Dreamed you wouldn’t