I waited for Emily

I waited for Emily for 35 years.
Well, not true, really
I dallied, became wed even
But I knew I was waiting

So what does this mean
And what does it make me -
Someone who dosn't wait
But knows, or knew more like, when waiting ended?

And what does it mean
For those used in the waiting?
That's the real issue.
Those used up in the waiting

(November 2001)