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Love is in the Air (for Handi & Phil)

This poem is one that I wrote for my niece/cousin's wedding this Spring. I love her to pieces and I'm wishing their budding family a lifetime of love, prosperity, and joy.



As spring starts to dance

And the sweet smell of honeysuckle hangs on the breezes of May

Our love takes shape

In the brilliant early light of a brand new day


All around us, in kaleidoscopic colors and dance moves so fluid

Are infinite reasons to be in love

And infinite lessons on how to do it



Like love, springtime covers us in showers, washing away the things that died

The broken bits that needed mending

And the pieces of ourselves we let hide


Then the cold starts to break

Cloudy days that comforted idle minds and hearts 

Begin to peel away


And in the mineral-rich soil left behind

We plant the seeds of our love 

Watering them with honesty, respect, and promises to be kind


On the heels of April, the days stretch on and the sun lingers in the sky

Slowly drifting out of sight

As if lamenting the thought of having to say goodbye

Only to race against time to return once more

Much the same way my heart rushes to be back with yours


In the sunlight of spring

Birds chirp their songs, and flowers cover every inch of the ground

Filling our lives with laughter and joy 

Oh, to be in love

I’ve never heard so pure a sound


Spring demands long days and heated nights

Mornings that show us the truth of who we are 

And in the purple light of dusk

We paint portraits of our love on the canvas of the stars 


Like butterflies we bare witness to the different versions of ourselves 

And I hope for endless springs with each other

As friends, muses, partners

Self-portraits in soft pastels


And when the clouds return

As they are bound to do

Know that my heart will always yearn

To spend rainy days with you


Spring has come and so too has the time to say

That if music be the food of love

Give me excess of it

And hold me close in a tender sway


All around us, in kaleidoscopic colors and dance moves so fluid

Are infinite reasons to be in love

And infinite lessons on how to do it


As plants shed the old to make room for the new

Let this love be the fertile earth, a soft landing for me and you

To metamorphosize into brand new beings 

To write love songs and create words with brand new meanings


Let our love always return to the spring

To bloom in full view of the world

A marvelous, golden-edged thing

A fluttering bee waiting for the sunflower’s petals to unfurl


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