My love knows no reservations Recognizes no boundary or border Wavers not under strain Refuses to dilute through neglect. It began in solitude Grew unattended in isolation Expressed itself through silence Survives a decade of desolation. I do not feel Feelings have departed me I do not react Reaction has desiccated upon arid sand. I am happiest playing Hamlet Leering through a broken smile Collecting plaudits when offered As form reconstitutes into smoke and shadow. Offering the occasional bow I acknowledge a salutation or two Returning thoughtfulness politely As mother ever taught me.