Brave in Dream

She does not ask him to join her in these
quiet adventures… a walk in the woods,
playing with the dog, swinging on the porch.

However, she imagines him reaching
for her hand, bending down to kiss her cheek
and whispering I love you in the dark.

She is brave in her dreams, where he lingers
and holds her close to his chest, wanting her
even as he drifts off to sleep and snores.

Throughout the seasonal change, she pictures
herself curled on the couch, reading books,
watching movies, sensing his presence…yet
she can’t bring herself to invite him in –
fear of refusal holds her dreams at bay .