‘Paramour’ and ‘The Fear’ by Wil Michael Wrenn



He had not loved
or been loved in years;
he had forgotten how it felt.
And then one day
he saw her,
and instantly he knew.
Now she comes to him
whenever he needs her.
On moonlit nights they meet
and walk hand-in-hand
over rocky ridge and sandy shore.
On bright, clear days,
they stroll at sunset
along abandoned beaches.
On cold, rain-soaked evenings,
they sit by a fireplace
and talk of dreams and wonders.
So, he is no longer unloved,
no more sad and alone,
no longer empty and unknown.
They laugh together
and cry together,
sing and sigh together,
and all he has to do
to be with her
is to call her name,
and she will come to him,
right there by his side.
Then the past with all its sadness,
loneliness, and emptiness
will melt away into the mist
as he leaves it all behind
and starts each day anew,
filled with the presence
of his paramour,
ever faithful, ever true,
his loving paramour –
of the mind.

The Fear

Besides death,
maybe what I fear most
is that I’ll really learn
to live life to the fullest,
that one day I’ll be soaring
high above it all,
having glimpsed the meaning
or even grasped it,
and just at that moment
when I’m most alive
in every fiber of my being,
something will happen to my wings,
and I’ll crash back down to the earth,
and my life will be snuffed out
without ever really knowing
or being known.

Wil Michael Wrenn is a poet/songwriter who lives in rural north Mississippi. He has an MFA from Lindenwood University and is a songwriter/publisher member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). His work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, and he has published a book of poems. His website can be found at: http://www.michaelwrenn.com/