Yes, I would rather be your friend and not your lover,
Better than a parting, and trying to recover,
Better than a short time of passions bliss,
A fleeting moment of your tender kiss.
I would rather keep you close to me,
In pure love, than have a tainted ecstasy,
Where I know that you will leave with time,
Leaving only sad memories and remorse behind.
My heart shall fill with loves own flame
Always at the thought of your dear name,
Enough is remembered, locked in a special place,
To build fond memories feeling no disgrace.
Born on Feb. 27, 1940 in Barkingside, Essex, England, Yvonne Sparkes, immigrated to New York in April, 1948 with her parents. She now resides in Chelmsford, Essex and has two sons. She has a book published by Cyberwit called Captured Images. A writer for many years, Yvonne has been published in Israel, Germany, France, Australia, America, and Britain. She has read her poetry in public at Church and Knockout Competitions. Her hobbies are travel, the arts, reading, hiking, taking her Scottish Terrier for walks, and spending time with family and friends.