Disclaimer: Star Trek is the property of Paramount/Viacom. This story is the property of and is copyright (c) 1977 by Gerry Downes. Originally published in Stardate: Unknown #3, Gerry Downes, editor.
Sleep has come to you at last
but rest is not always peace
and dreams are. such ethereal things,
poor substitutes for love;
Especially for love that was perfection.
The fault was not entirely yours
it simply was too much, too soon
and far too many choices
in opposed, eternal conflicts;
Believe this with me, it was -- impossible.
Forget it now and let your dreams
take away departure's guilt
for I have learned from you
what it means to love;
Give me now the pain of your -- aloneness.
Jim, be one with me and