|Do you remember the tavern we walked to
late at night?
Hoping, though knowing better,
that perhaps the heat of these July and August days
might have died away,
at least a little,
or enough for us to notice.
Do you remember laughing on Emancipation Day?
Laughing at the college boys from Highland Park,
and laughing at ourselves...
laughing at the future
How I loved you, then
all through the days of summer
when we met, and you chased me
with such single-minded determination...
until I loved you.
We passed the time
waiting for the fall, not caring
or thinking of September-
every day together.
In the evenings over a cold supper
sharing our thoughts and ourselves.
I find such complete joy still,
and think back
learning your face,
the gestures of your hand,
wondering about the ways of your secret heart.
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