{ … seasons, like eternities … }

in seasons, like eternities,
we watched them spark and grow –
banalities are everything
when they are all you know

or so we thought from where we sat.
our friends were deep and gone;
we judged things then quite casually –
so upper echelon

were we, that we saw nothing clear.
despite our vision grand
there was much in simplicity
we couldn’t understand.

you plan a trip, logistically,
it’s money and it’s stuff:
we somehow missed the marvel that
is two who have enough.

in seasons, like eternities,
the truth sang out at last;
while locked in our modernity,
the moment almost passed

to see and comprehend our friends
on top of Fortune’s wheel:
for love sees clearly, if not ends,
what matters and

what’s real

A Love Story

Once, a shy girl: soft imploding,
Preset pillows, pressed decoding,
Colored contacts, carbo loading,
Lover, fighter, guard of dreams —

Then, a new boy: bright exploring,
Hope expanding, thoughts outpouring,
Dark hair shining, passions warring,
Writer, painter, all extremes —

Came a moment: golden gladness,
Manic mixture, molten madness,
Scenes of soon-forgotten sadness,
Two lives taken off of shelves

Once, a shy girl: gotten bolder,
Then, a new boy made to hold her,
One more day, but not just older,
Two new people, now
Themselves

High Tide

A love story, without any actual events in it.

She never knew the thing’s he’s known;
She never saw what he has seen.
But yet, through life’s vicissitudes
And through an empathy most keen

She’s tuned into the way he feels,
The man he is, inside —
And feels the ebb and flow of each
New low, or new high tide

And he – he wants to do the same:
To feel her changing moods and waves;
He gets her many gypsy jaunts,
Her forays into nooks and caves

He wants to know the many ways
Her heart is prone to go:
To laugh with her at high tide, and
To share with her
The low

{-Shown-}

She saw him looking in the park
For something he had dropped;
She was out for her exercise,
But curious, she stopped

And asked what he was looking for.
He didn’t lift his head,
“I lost my watch. Come help me.”
“I don’t think I can,” she said.

He looked up and he reddened,
And he said, “I’m sorry. Say –”
She laughed and said, “Don’t worry.
Where’d you drop it?” And then they

Looked all around the grass, until
She spotted it. And then
They sat awhile and talked;
Her name was Paige. His name was Ben.

The day drew on, the sky grew dark,
He asked if he could call;
So she gave him her number,
But she didn’t think – at all –

That he’d really ever call her.
But he did, that very night:
Her mom asked, “Who’s this boy?”
She told her mom, “Mom, it’s alright.

His name is Ben. I met him
At the park awhile ago.
He said that he would call me,
And he did.” Her mom said, “So…”

“He wants to go to dinner with me.
Dinner, Friday night,
I don’t have anything to wear.”
“Oh, we’ll make that alright.”

Her mom had never seen this Paige
This side she’d never known:
But love’s a light that won’t be blocked,
And when it shines
We’re shown

Pearl

A lifelong love story.

A wild girl who ran away
To find her love among the wind and sand;
His native pearl, was what he used to say,
As he would gently take her hand

The ancient lands from which she came,
The pattern of a people of the earth;
A pearl among the Navajo, her name –
And love in him which she had given birth

And they grew old together, he and Pearl,
Her love remained as always, wild and fierce:
But never had a boy more loved a girl,
Nor died with so much honor
In his tears

when all the colors…

… we have ever dreamed

a saturday, with many staying in
to watch a football game, or be with friends:
he wandered out to see the autumn leaves,
as new in town he was, and restless kept

the stretch of woods he walked was gorgeous dressed;
he listened not to music, just the sound
of wind and cars and people as they went,
and felt the cool of autumn brush his neck

and saw a woman standing by a bridge:
a walking path above a tiny creek,
who stood there leaning with a book in hand,
and in it, for a bookmark, was a leaf

she said “hello” as he was walking by,
and he said “hi. what are you reading, there?”
“a book on inner sanctity,” she laughed,
and he did, too. and then he asked her name

she told it him, as he then told her his;
he said he was still new in town, and worked
at such-and-such a place. and she remarked
upon the colors of the fall that year

so step back with me now, and merely watch:
see unsuspecting love peek out its head –
as two who set out just to be alone,
now walking slowly through the glorious fall

when all the colors they had never known
were seen at once in all that may yet be:
come watch them now, as i do, in my mind,
as he discovers she discovers he

for love’s a story always with a start,
be it one of beginning or surprise,
when all the colors we have ever dreamed
get wrapped up all in one,
and so
do we