Strides

Strides

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We looked mostly straight ahead,

the first time we met
Walking, and small talking,
already at ease, as I got to my car
Yet, within the messages,
that lead us to that point,
I knew the enormity
of getting that far

No sense of haste
as we leisurely walk
Steadily paced
in time and talk
Self discovery, together,
with no real clock

Feeling more familiar 
with every block
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We have picked up the pace,  
as we’ve moved along
Both ready and content
to be moving on
Putting miles, and smiles,
between us and the past
The more we’ve walked
The further we’ve gone

Side by side
our fingers entwined
Stride for stride,
both body and mind
Moving forward, together,
toward what we’ll find

Distancing ourselves
from what’s behind
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Continual but careful steps,
on a path to each other,
Patience, and anticipation,
for what we have in store
So far, so very good, for us,
From nerves and hesitation,
to comfortable conversations,
to moments meant for more

Nights planned
for more time alone
As we delve, we understand
our shared unknown
Time well spent, together,
we can call our own

Hand around hand,
in our comfort zone

Inevitable
Everything, and time,

plenty for us to discover
Our subtle intricacies,
strides for you with me
Walking and talking,
as we ease into us,
Heading toward whatever, 
whenever that may be
 

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Squashed

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Squashed

She had
no time

for us.
I had
no patience

to wait.
While she
found
the time

to keep 
the promises
she made.

Plans made
for us
months ahead.

One night
away

in a different bed.
To feed
a love
we left unfed.
To bandage wounds
that
slowly bled.

Convenient excuses

from her
instead.
Obvious signs
that hope
was dead.

One dinner
for us
and maybe one dance.

One night
for us
months in advance.
To try
to find
our lost romance.
To save
our family
from circumstance.

Squashed
by her
without a glance.
An obvious sign
that we had
no chance.

No time.
No patience.

No hope. 
 Unwilling
to even try.

No time.
No patience.
No chance.

We both know
the reasons
why.

Nemesis

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Nemesis


There is so much to look forward to…

I’ve got my whole life ahead of me
A new arrival that I can’t delay
Give me one foot in front of the other
and I will be on my way.

The unexpected stalls me now …

Sudden news blocks my path
A detour to well-made plans
Steady these legs to hold me
and free up my hands.

Can’t wait to just relax and breathe…

Helpless to control the forecast
Doing my best to find the sun
To soak in an entire day
and plan the next one.

Reel in whatever comes my way…

To push off from the dock
Coast along with the wind’s pace
Cast my line on to a rocky ledge
and enjoy this perfect place.

Find the energy to get back to work…

Put the final touches on our home
  Paint this room and finish the floor
Complete this life’s next steps
and prepare for one more.

Time and patience will get me there…

We’ve got a whole life ahead of us
Like we planned if I have my say
Just one foot in front of the other
and we’ll be on our way.

We will all walk hand in hand in hand…
and live
and laugh
and play.

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