One Life Only

So many poems
I have sent
Into the vacuity
Of God's cosmos--

Songs of goodness and happiness
Prayers in hope and sincerity
Gestures of honesty and good faith.

It is as though I
Expected affection
From an alien void.

Yet I am a man
Of caring and intimacy
In this time
And this place only.

The blood of this life
And this life only
Courses warmly
Through these days
Of my only life.

To live only once
Is no tragedy.

To live without
Touching is sadness.

To live without loving
Is the greatest sadness
Of all.