DISCLAIMER: The Star Trek characters are the property of Paramount Studios, Inc. This poem is the creation and property of Toni Cardinal-Price and is copyright (c) 1977 by Toni Cardinal-Price. Originally published in Showcase #4, 1977.



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Toni Cardinal-Price



My thoughts turn to you

as they have so often in the past;

taunting me, pointing out the years I wasted.

The years you would have given me.

Christine ... I was a fool.



The memories of you are strong.

They follow and touch my mind like lingering needles of pain.

How could I have been so bind as to believe it would be better without you?

Now I seek your face in empty corridors,

miss the comfort of your caring eyes,

and feel the weight of loneliness.



But ... you are happy,

and through my regret, I rejoice...

Even if your happiness means another man's arms hold you.

Many times I wonder...

Could it have been that way for us...

If I had given it a chance?



Be well, Christine...

Know that there is one who cares...

I will always care.

If my happiness is to be found, it will be in one such as you,

although it took me far too long to realize it.



Happiness for you, Christine,

I wish it always.

And peace,

and the love you so well deserve.

For in the knowledge of your contentment, the ache inside me lessens.



But the images never die.