7 DAYS IN CALI


In the whispers of the morning light, you desperately pulled my sleeping body close to you... I could finally feel you open your soul and your mind as you held me so tight... I slowly turned my head and gazed into your dark and questioning eyes filled with impending sadness, finally understanding that the minutes and hours between us leading to my goodbye were ticking away... that soon emptiness would fill the space where two bodies echoed of soft kisses and ignited flames...

Your tender words to me... “In 7 days, you have done more for me than any woman in my life. You have taken care of me, loved me, and made me remember the good things a woman can bring into my life. You cooked and cleaned and were always ready to give your body to me.”

How profound, that the intimacy I craved those 7 days finally arrived, just in time for me to decide how much I would leave behind of myself, just in time for me to remember why I came here to begin with... “If you were a smart man, you would never let me get on that plane today. You would cherish me and never let me go”... My heart meant those words even if my practical mind didn’t...

You joked with me that you are a brilliant man and you were not taking me to that airport... that place of rapid goodbyes and hellos. And for a moment, we both searched our minds for a way to make it happen, a way to rewrite the prose of the day...

How precious those moments were at the airport, when you helped me with my bag... when you lingered and anxiously watched me go thru the security check... how we kept searching each other's eyes for one last love message... how I beckoned you to the partition and gave you one last kiss before we both had to turn and finally depart... How we steeled ourselves to walk away in two separate directions...

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This poem is based on a couple I saw at the Orange County Airport last October...