an uncomplicated life

it's been a long time
since I've written you a love poem,
and I've been through two dozen lovers
since then.

I can't write you
a conventional love poem
filled with sunshine and flowers
and simple perfection

because you are a complication
in my life
and I'm a complication in yours
and this isn't love

but this is happiness;
the happiest I've been
in a long time,
too damn long to remember.

all I know is that
within the complications of
there is simplicity

and within that simplicity
is a love poem
that isn't a love poem
but it's enough.

Paula Harris

published in Building a time machine (NZ Poetry Society anthology)