in your words
a hint of something
there is
not sure or certain but almost
and maybe
a something that makes the hard fact of love
a mere semblance of itself
in the tentative way of so forth and so on

it's not reassurance exactly
that's wanting
nor some stick straight declaration of affection
nor even a slap or a tickle
(tho truth be told i wouldn't mind)
but acknowledgement

the remembrance of a kiss
furtive and unwilling
and forbidden
a clumsy embrace couched
in delusion and desire
on a foreign couch in frozen climes
a long time ago
and yesterday
love lost and forever found

Roma June 2009