I have never loved

I have never loved.
I missed the early childhood class
That should have shown the ropes
Of losing myself in another.

No caresses or kisses
No loving warm words
Just the icy indifference
Of parental duty.

I do not cry at funerals
Not even for my parents
Marriage is a convenience
As is divorce.

I didn’t choose my relatives
Just a few useful friends
No anchors, no attachments
Just transactions and deals.

I am a free spirit
The epitome of independence
I have it all worked out.
So why am I so lonely?

Terry Wassall

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