A Love Poem About Someone Else That's Really About You





I realized you were
My river boy
Sitting in those
Stiff, round, sunday-morning-brown
Old fashioned
Wooden chairs
I saw you in the poems he
Muttered
From the podium
The mic wasn’t working
I only really
Heard
His
He read them aloud to all of us but
Only she
Had them sung to her
I watched her in front of me
And knew he loved
Her freckled shoulders and the way she wore that shirt that left them bare for his and the suns kisses
And the green-blue ink staining her skin and the stories the x and o and the lilacs and the starry sky told
Her beaming smile as she watched
Proud
And filmed him murmuring about
His mom and the beach boys and how she fills their room with houseplants and how her kisses make him see all the wonder in the world
He may not
Stare
Straight at her
As he reads us
Love letters to her but
I know she is
The only one he really wants
The only one he really cares
To hear what he says
He returned quiet to his chair
The the gentle applause of ‘I only half got that but you’re beautiful’
And he
Kisses her quick
And I see he loves
How easy his hand fits on her thigh and
How her glasses tilt a little when they kiss and
Her big bright smile for him
She hasn’t shaved
Underneath her arms in a while and
He loves the soft
Brown
Hair and he thinks it’s kind of
Earthy
In a really
Human way
And her face without
Makeup
Is the very face of
Aphrodite to him
I know because
He writes her poetry


And I write poetry
About you
My river boy so
I know
How he loves her because
A poet loves
In their bones and shows it
In their words and that’s just how
I love
You

10 comments :

  1. I love these details. That is what I am in love with as I read this.

    Simply Me

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw I love you <3 Thank you for your sweet comments

      Delete
  2. Was confused at first but I love this so much so it's cool!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. PLEASE WRITE AND PUBLISH A BOOK OF POETRY

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. AW YOU MADE MY DAY! I HOPE TO! I WILL BE SURE YOU GET A COPY <3

      Delete
  4. Oh my word, Vivian. You have a gift with words and making me feel like I am actually INSIDE the poem you wrote. This was beautiful.

    -T. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so lovely. You made me smile. I am so glad you were able to experience this <3

      Delete