Disclaimer: Star Trek is the property of Paramount/Viacom. This poem is the property of and is copyright (c) 1979 by Ingrid Cross. Originally published in Odyssey #3. Rated PG.

Farewell Embrace

Ingrid Cross

In the night of velvet softness,

secrets are freely shared

in silken-smooth whispers.

When defenses lower,

souls become their clearest.

Eyes touch with new boldness...

And there we find love.

In times when we cannot touch,

separated by cruel miles...

I long for you.

Yet now, in the fullness of reunion,

we hesitate, still apart...

This time for our fears.

The sweetness of embrace

is even now salted

with thoughts of departure.