It is a night like any other.
The room is semi-crowded,
the lights are cool, ambient and allusive.
The music glides and shimmies,
refraction of electronic symphonies,
with a sinuous pulse to
provoke and tease.
Still, you sense a creeping unease.
You are on your second drink...yet,
somehow, even the 12-year old
Macallan is getting a little too familiar;
its usual savor of spiced plum, dry sherry and
salted caramel dies a slow death
by a cold-water corruption -- its once
robust quaff is reduced to a faint, forgettable flavor.
The dreary day, too, has been flat, predictable,
diffuse in focus and devoid of passion.
Life has been set a drift, on trepid tides.
The dissonance of these thoughts
unsettle your soul and mind.
You feel some kind of reckoning
and is unavoidable.
Under your breath,
you ask in fraught confusion,
"What time is it? Why am I still here?"
The Bartender sees the lingering trouble
in your face and he provides
a moment of empathy, of quiet
He reaches for the bottle in response but
suddenly stops and looks past you, over your
A subtle smile forms where
a sober shade once stayed.
He sees something that has changed
the energy in the room,
pivoting as if on a dime,
to a sweeter wave,
a smoother flow.
You realize you must turn to look, but
slowly, friend...get your bearings...
Settle your thoughts for a beat or two.
You stand and turn, adjusting focus...there she is.
Breathe, brother. Steady, soul!"
Then it hits you...
You realize the sensation you feel,
that unstoppable, sharp, sweet,
is the longest and strongest
Of long, lost friends.
why you are here.
You know this time,
this moment you've waited for
for so long...
Your heart speaks and
your eyes lock in,
to capture hers: