You can pretend that

Our eyes did not meet

That there was not that

Storm a ragging sheet of

Rain and wind and sleeting

Gail’s that ushered away

Our love


You can pretend that

Our minds did not see

That inner glow that longing

To be something anything other

Than this that fearful moment

That very first kiss


You can pretend that

You don’t love me and hide

Away beneath the scares of distant

Memories longing to be that other

Longing to see the distance of a smile