Staying Away


When I catch sight of you
I dare not let the breath
that catches in my throat
escape
lest my longing fill
your senses

I dare not let my hands
reach out to touch you
lest my heat scorch
your skin

I dare not let my gaze
linger on your face
lest my hunger devour you

I stay a safe distance away
from you
to keep you safe
from me

© 2015 Uma Venkatraman ~ All Rights Reserved

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