Above The Print

If only I might have known you more,
or met you sooner, perhaps decades earlier,
caught you reading something
in the newspaper, back when newspapers
were so much more commonly read,
and asked you what article
your eyes now scanned,
before smart phones held so much
of our attention. Back when I entered a room
and turned more than half the men’s heads,
and I wonder if I still would have noticed,
would have felt your soft warm subtle gaze
above the print, would have felt the energy
before I left. What setting would I have first
met you in? Would have seen that thick dark
crown of hair on your head
and a pair of shoes that would have
made me question, what kind of man
could make me want this much, as much
as I have? Even enough to go back,
because I’m not quite sure why the thought
of a future could feel this empty – without you.

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