[SoF:] That Magic Summer

That magic summer where we first met and wooed
fades further from us with each passing year.
The words we spoke are gone; the words’ tune lingers on.

We’d tasted love–
sweet, imbalanced, temporary–
now longed for the same only more complete,
more complementary.

Intimacy comes easily to some.
Others store their feelings up:
treasure for those who can rightly claim it.

We met at a party for new students,
drinking strawberry daiquiris.
For me, the attraction was immediate;
a bit slower for you, you say.

We were wary; our trust grew quickly.
And we, in the confines of this serious trust,
at last could be
our own childish, playful selves.

We went to movies, plays, folk-dancing;
walked in Crystal Lake Park;
ate; watched your soap opera;
touched each other constantly;
fought; made up elegantly.

And then, as we sat on a warm stone bench
on top of that underground library,
eating lunch,
–heart in throat–I said:

“The pleasure I have known in being with you
for these six weeks is something quite unusual.
And if the same is true for you,
if this’s a love which could lead to marriage,
then I will try to find a job nearby,
where I can see you frequently.
But if your love is of a lesser sort, then I
will cast my net this great world o’er
and go where Fortune takes me.”

Then you,
not hesitating a single moment,
flooding my eyes with your radiant smile,
replied, “It could! Oh yes, indeed, it could!”

Much has happened since,
but I say it was then, that summer, that moment,
love reached the final, high plane
where we, though hardly conscious of it now, still dwell.

Hear Jerry/Lucius read this poem.    This poem is part of the Scraps of Faith collection of poems.

Keywords:  first meeting, love, marriage proposal, married love, physical separation