by Francis X. Reilly (Corky Pflegmhocker)
(Williamsport, PA, U.S.A.)
I remember that night at Saint Stephen's-
my very first pitch at romance.
I remember that night very clearly, dear friend-
And you asked me to dance.
And to see us, you'd think we were lovers-
but we were just kids, you and I...
when I think of that night at Saint Stephen's,
I pause, and I ask myself why...
Why did I let you escape me?
You loved me...and everyone knew!
And why after all of these years have gone by
am I sitting here thinking of you?
And the perfume you wore was like Heaven.
Was it Lila's? Oh, how indiscreet!
But it's essence remains-
like the essence of you-
and it burns ever sweet...ever sweet.
OH MY GOD!
When they told me the terrible news
I perceived the whole thing as a curse!
And nothing...NO NOTHING!
I swear to you, Barbara,
Has ever...COULD ever be worse.
And my love is much more than just reverence-
much more than respect for the dead-
much more than our dance at Saint Stephen's-
and more than the words...never said.
Copyright Francis X. Reilly 2000
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Submit Your Poem.