The first time
he saw her,
he knew it
This is the
kind of love
that just keeps
Maybe it doesn’t
have to be
Maybe we don’t
have to make a big deal
out of spending
the rest of our lives
Life might be
but I never knew
until I met you.
I am proud to see
the one you are,
and the one
you are becoming.
It is no small thing,
this chance I have
to walk the road
I don’t know
how to find the world
that lives in my dreams,
but in all of them
you are there,
so I think that
is the place to start.
What are the odds
that in the span of the infinite
galactic tangle of stars
and quasars and black holes,
somehow we found
Don’t you dare be rational at a time like this, she told me, or I’ll be forced to admit I wasted all these years with you.
There is no one who comes here that does not know this is a true map of the world, with you there in the center, making home for us all.
I remember the lights of Atlantic City reflected from her glasses & there was the tilt-a-whirl right as she kissed me & I spun happily in circles for a long time after that.
We sat in the car & the night dropped down until the only sounds were the crickets & the dance of our voices & for a moment the world became small enough to roll back & forth between us.
melting in the slow heat of a summer night, damp with the dark air & thoughts of you
If I love you with all my heart, she said, what will you give me? & then she stopped & said I didn’t have to answer that because she was going to do it anyway.
Side by Side
We sat side by side in the morning light & looked out at the future together.
It’s hard to say the right words without practice, I said & she whispered in my ear, Say them as many times as you like & we practiced late into the night.
We had gone far enough together to listen easily in the quiet spaces.
As long as the sun shall rise goes the old lovers vow. But we are children of a scientific age & have no time for poetry. Still, I offer a quiet prayer of thanks for the sunlight each time I see your face.
She learned to love him before he thought it was even possible,
so he didn’t have a chance to hide & mess it up &
while it was a little scary at times, mainly he could not
even imagine the world without her there.
Tied together by stuff too difficult to explain to someone new
I’m feeling overdressed, she said & he held her close & said as far as he was concerned she was always that way & her eyes glowed softly in the light of his desire