If you stand beside me
Is it a dream, or reality?
Do I ask, ‘Is it for a day or eternity?’
Could we dance in the snow
Or will we sit by the fire?
To look into my soul
And tell you how I burn inside.
So, touch my heart
For today and tomorrow.
I believe in what you say
And cannot see either doubt or shadow –
In your eyes nor in our way.

James A Coghlan
Leigh, Lancashire

This poem was selected as a runner-up of a nationwide poetry competition run by Marriott Hotels in March 2011.