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Wrinkles Around Her Eyes And A Twinkle Within

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Next to the window, she sat alone

At a table for meant for two

Looking out at the setting sun

As longer the shadows grew

 

I did not want to come across as rude

I sat down a table away

Into her reverie I did not intrude

Even a “Hello!” I did not say

 

I ate quietly from my plate

She silently sipped her tea

Discreetly I caught glimpses of her

Never caught her looking at me

 

Pushing past middle age, just like me

She was bordering on the old

A gust of wind, she pulled her shawl around

It was getting a little cold

 

Her looks spoke of a goddess in her youth

Her clothes a little plain

It seemed like her lips had smiled a lot

And her eyes had seen some pain

 

The fading gold of her tresses

Now grey, around her face

The blue-grey eyes, lost somewhere

Her movements full of grace

 

The music played softly in the diner

As we went about our repast

The fading sunlight was almost gone

A little spell was cast

 

It seemed without a word or a look

Our souls had said “Hi there!”

Two words speaking volumes to fill a book

And some left over to spare

 

Shy and nervous, I was trying hard,

Trying hard not to stare

My nervous fingers combed my balding pate

Like in times when I had hair

 

We were both silently mouthing words,

To the song that was playing

The lyrics were just perfect for

What the heart was saying

 

Soon, she stood up, gathered her bag

And was about to walk by

I took a deep breath, composed myself but

I guess, I let out a sigh

 

 

 

 

I reckoned, I would try and dare

Dare catch one last sight

Before we both became two ships,

Two ships passing in the night

 

As I made bold to look up at her

Soup dribbled down my chin

I saw the wrinkles around her eyes

And the twinkle within

 

She flashed the most beautiful smile

That I had seen in quite a while

Said, “You must have had great hair when young,”

And as I gasped she went on,”Cat got your tongue?”

 

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Reply Report Chengking 2019-11-2 11:00
I love the last verse in your poem. I was looking for some dramatic ending, but your’s is more realistic. Thumbs up!
Reply Report KIyer 2019-11-2 14:33
Chengking: I love the last verse in your poem. I was looking for some dramatic ending, but your’s is more realistic. Thumbs up!
Thanks for your comment. Glad you liked it!

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