Love Denied

Love never given
only denied
Hung on the end of a string
to be withdrawn
when touched.

Love denied
love unknown
An object of beauty
or sold.

Sold for a favor
the favor of fear
Sold for a teardrop
shame and guilt.

This love I want not
no love from you.
If love never touches me
I'll be safe
If love overlooks me
I'll escape.