It is from an
written decades ago, a page
penned before Jimmy Carter and Nixon’s ghost
would briefly take the stage.
It was all real,
not an idle diversion
or sabbatical from the courses I’d run.
No, young nymph, you were my dear,
and I trust you knew my love
was palm to palm
and always near
wherever we took our sport:
the Quarter, the lake, some dark tavern
or theater in which our fingers were laced and lapped,
if you catch my
You always knew my inner gears,
the turning of unspoken words,
some fleeting thought not yet formed by lips
engaged in moist red dances
or afternoon gin and tonic sips.
And I knew your eddies and currents as well.
Not everyone can cast such a synchronistic spell.
We could have
talked in pidgin for hours
and always known the warp and woof,
known what was yours and mine,
but mostly ours.
I had written a
much longer poem,
a message in a bottle
with all the whys and wherefores
on a parchment in palimpsest,
that unlocked all locked doors,
but what purpose would be served?
Since you could not wait on time and tide forever,
it is fitting
that all righteousness be observed.
I occasionally sit in an abbey nave,
quite alone, counting saints.
St. Peter says my eye to you should not now roam.
whispers that you, with grace,
have found a shining hearth and home.
I am glad, and tell him so,
for I could wish no less
wheels and looms
for one whose tapestry was so rich
and held the promise of gold
in each and every stitch.
My lost horizon
will always have a bookmark
to hold the page, the months that passed that year,
but your couplet deserved a fitting rhyme
when my meter stumbled and lost its cadence for a time.
Just know this,
my ever-cherished love and friend:
you were indeed a rainbow coming around the bend
in my once upon a time. No less.