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The Object of Your Affection

When what you have loved is suddenly lost,
No more could a heart be asked to bear,
For what once mattered at all costs,
Now leaves it empty and bankrupt in despair.

The absence heightens the tumultuous passions,
How can it continue when she is no longer?
What then do you feel in your emotions?
If not her anymore but the her you remember.

'Tis no longer the same, the her I loved
and the her I now have. A ghost, a phantom,
what is this demon now in me if she had
already died to the world and I abandoned?

But she lives not here before me or merely
in my memory. When I feel what I feel
I am certain there is something truly
alive, not her, only me continuing to be.

Now I ask, is it still her that I love or already
me who wants to continue to love? Her or me?
When the object of your affection is lost forever,
You love yourself more by pretending to still lover her.

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