Cherished

Despite pretences
we all want to be
so cherished.
 
I read in the
Weekend Australian that
after fifty-six years of marriage
when Audrey Gooch died
Leslie Gooch cried
there’s nothing for me now
and died not far from her bedside.
 
We all want to be so cherished
to know that one person
companion
confidant
soul-mate
lover
friend
we feed on it
as worms do soil.

Alicia Bennett