grinning from ear to ear and yet...
there is a taint, a shiver to delay,
a passing thought, some small regret.
Something wants to wring the neck,
of every syllable that expresses love,
my heart is unduly haunted by the wreck,
I sail, headfirst into joy, a rocky cove.
Outstretched arms and nervous hands,
so much hope, love, confusion,
I look at you, but all I see,
an echo, a refrain.