Safe are you from love, dear heart,
and safe are you from light,
the soft light of the candles that will make her ‘yes’
Safe are you from loving touch
and warm embrace and smile.
Safe because with passing time
you harden all the while.
Safe are you from smiling eyes,
and soft and soothing talk.
Safe are you from kisses,
and the long, romantic walk.
Retreat from love hereafter, heart.
Your scars, at last, have healed.
Seek not new love, nor happiness.