words i'm not supposed to say
words you're not allowed to hear
i lean to whisper in your ear
"please don't" you say with your eyes
as though you are afraid
that he will read it there later
when he holds you in embrace
afraid the tears will write my name
not his, across your face
afraid that your eyes will betray
as they do now when they tell me
"regardless of place or time
i am yours"
you are mine.