Early morning sun kisses the foothills
with hues of bronze and purple.
You descend the staircase.
I wait for your touch to heal my wounds.
As always, you gloss over my sadness,
take me in your arms as though I were a doll
abandoned by a child in a corner of the room.
Your love restores my hope for the moment.
At noon we wander in a field of pumpkin gourds.
Among a bed of drooping roses, one stands tall.
You slice its stem with your pocket knife,
inhale its fragrance then hand it to me.
When evening comes we sit together on the porch,
extract the last ray of light from day’s end.
You hook your arm in mine
and lead me gently back into the night.
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