Who Did I Embrace?

Today, I forgot the name of my beloved.

I imagined her visage before me,
her hair glistening in the sunlight reflected
from the ripples on the lake-
did not remind me of her name.

Her eyes looking at my soul with compassion and a love,
whose depth I may never fathom,
did not remind me of her name.

Her gentle hands that are slow in motion,
yet so much in rhythm with my slightly restless heartbeat-
did not tell me that her name is so and so.

She lies to me every time she smiles, so I do not think of her pain-
Oh Father, I cannot help but embrace her lies.

Without her lies, I would die in shame-
yet today I did not remember her name.

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I am a poet, scientist and entrepreneur. I conducted research on the focusing neuroscience of the eye, completing MS and PhD degrees in vision science from the State University of New York, College of Optometry, funded by the National Institutes of Health. I have lived and traveled on three continents and hail from Piermont, NY. Having witnessed the poverty and misery of the world firsthand, I treasure the opportunity to express love and consideration. This poem was composed in the dining hall of Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, SC, in February 2010.