I drove by this restaurant back in 2014 and wrote the poem then.

When You Get Your Chance…

When you get your chance, You fall where the pull takes you; For love is less a walk Than a waterslide When your turn comes, You give up your old rules, Because you realize you have never Really played this game before Ask your questions, But make no assumptions; Dance whenever there's music, And make … Continue reading "When You Get Your Chance…"

5 Times 4

It ended; she’d met someone else, And I was not that broken up. It turns out he was there, out at Her parents’. A neighbor, in her old hometown, Marine now, tall and rangy guy — And we were friends again, The way that goes. I’d see her: music theory class, Her headphones on, as … Continue reading "5 Times 4"

5 Times 3

I walked into her parents’ house just Two days after Christmas; I’d made the strange four hour drive To see her in that place — Her parents were the sweetest, nicest people. I was her “new boyfriend” And I met fifty relatives, it felt like; All these names and faces, it was quite bewildering. And … Continue reading "5 Times 3"

5 Times 2

Walking by the river, down from campus, near The aging fishing bridge, we stopped: We hadn’t really talked yet much, and I Was asking what her dreams were, and her plans — She worked in radio, but not yet How and where she planned on doing; She was a writer, a speaker, a thinker, Who … Continue reading "5 Times 2"

5 Times 1

You tell me. I was nineteen, And she was more than life itself: I would have cut my arm off, given All my limbs to science, just To be beside her, everyday. But this was not a forlorn hope: It was fulfilled, and day on day It just got better, better, like A string of … Continue reading "5 Times 1"

Second Kiss

The first kiss was a trial run; The second kiss, we meant it — Our eyes had locked that certain way, And nothing could prevent it The fear and worry that we had The spark would just be missing — That disappeared the second time That we resumed Our kissing


We wait to hear its voice as though It only will suffice: Attraction is a lousy friend Who gives us bad advice