Hello 1988


hello

it’s love

that pressed

these words to paper

 

courage

that put them in your mailbox

 

not that same love

lost

along the crowded streets

of my youth

 

but a new love

born

in a simpler heart

uncluttered

by frivolous dreams

unfettered

by chains of bitterness

 

but what courage

   does it take

      to mail a letter?

(there is no courage without fear)

 

i feared not

  the passing of time

or the waning of passion,

  the distance between us

or the differences…

 

i feared one possibility:

 

that the girl i once was

would not allow

the woman i have become

into your heart.

 

perhaps

  we will find

that we have

  nothing more

    to learn from each other.

 

but first

  we must have the courage

to explore

  the possibilities

 

(to M.L.H. on the occasion of friendship rising from the ashes of passion)

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