For my wife on Valentine’s Day (insert goofy emoticon here_______).
Something indefinite defines you whenever the sun shivers.
It speaks in whispers, whittling down uptown talk to you and me.
Leave the world alone I say, with its backdraft of naysayers,
too pale to know they are shadows.
Sometimes it’s okay to let the clock shrug off its own anxieties –
it disarms the passing minutes while the sky changes.
The breeze pins hair to cheek and, with collars turned up,
we become convinced of our own slow presence.
Let’s just lisp whatever poetry stumbles out of our footsteps,
finding their rhythm on this uneven road.