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lady in red

i found your words
inscribed in the thesaurus of my heart
where i matched them into pairs
and lined them up
row upon row
so i could recall each from memory

i visited the exclamation points
and question marks of your life
while waiting patiently for paragraphs
of flowing wax
with scented colors begging
for romantic occasions and passionate rendezvous’

i climbed over and under your sentences
like a child discovering a new playground
in an unfamiliar setting

i fell occasionally
but bounced up again
excited to touch the top of your gentleness
while exploring the depths of your kindness

i never knew you as a child
until now
i never knew me as a child
until you

now that i have discovered us
i find myself wondering
whom shall i ask
that you may come out and play