He looked down on the black-and-white photograph
Taken sixty years ago
Wasn’t she beautiful back then?
And she still is now,
Even with cracked porcelain skin and raspy laugh
Remember how we first encountered?
In the town park, at sunset
First touch in the water
First words on land
The sparkle in your green eyes glimmered
Remember when we were kids?
Your smile was like the sunrise
The dewdrops on the grass
The rainbow in everyone’s sight
Amazed by your beauty, that I did
Remember the moonlight in the early morning?
Your head resting on my beating heart
The grass rolling with the light breeze
Glitter in the dusk
But looking at you was more dazzling
Remember the classes we shared?
All play and no work,
Sitting beside you
Messing with your pretty hair
Plenty of time to spare
Remember the lightning in our kisses?
Tingles through our spines,
Warmth spread in our whole body
Wholeness coursing all over
The desire to keep going, the wishes
Remember the post cards we sent during college?
Little notes of “I love you”
Yearning to be with me
Always couldn’t wait for the package
Remember the twilight fights?
You broke down crying
And I chased you out into the snowy street
Stayed with you til you forgave me
Expiration doesn’t apply to our light
Remember all those boxes moved into your house?
Placing things in the wrong location
Fixing up the rooms
Then lying out in the backyard
The grass has never felt so soft with you, my spouse
Remember our wedding day?
You walked down in that gorgeous white dress
With tears in your eyes
Couldn’t believe it was finally happening
Then you reached the bottom of the staircase
Remember when I slipped that gold band on your ring finger?
Said our vows and kissed
Delicious bite of cake
We’ll grow old together and be seniors
Remember how we kissed in the rain?
And slipped inside, to carry it on
Never felt so good
To be with you
I could do this over and over again
Remember when we found out?
Twins- a boy and a girl
Exactly what you wanted
Nursery already painted
Names picked without a doubt
Remember the very first night they came home?
Not once did they cry
Perfect angels in our arms
They’ll never be left alone
Remember when they took their first steps?
Music coming out of their mouths
What else is left?
Remember all the evenings on the balcony?
Tales of the forgotten past
Watching the kids play in the tall grass
The beat up ball rolling around
Sweet weather floating
Remember her first boyfriend?
Daddy always looked over him
0Made sure he wouldn’t do anything
Found out their story was almost like ours
Well, exactly how close it was depends
Remember when they walked across that big stage?
Proudly waving and knocking over the video camera
Tears of joy spilling down
The flip of their cap
Would be the end of their play
Remember when they separated?
To go off to different colleges
To start a new story
Like we did
And so we let them go in sad spirit
Remember the lonely dinners?
Without our happy, bubbly children
Two plates instead of four (and sometimes more)
Feels like life before them
Going back a few chapters
Remember the holidays?
Opening presents, exchanging plates of food
Revisiting childhood memories
Both the kids and ours
The tiny phases
Remember when they grew up?
We have grandchildren now
Five beautiful, healthy kids being just like their parents
The same story passed on for generations
Sundays were filled with love
Remember how we sleep beside each other every night?
Holding you, holding you
Until you fall asleep
Because you’re still so beautiful to see
When your eyes are on mine I know it’s alright
Remember how I love you ever so much?
Remember how I read you our stories?
Remember how I always kiss you goodnight?
Remember how I play you your favorite songs?
Remember the electricity every time we touch?