For Just A Few Moments

….for NJD….heart

For just a few moments
I captured your heart
A sweet, brief reunion
After decades apart

For just a few moments
We talked through the night
Sharing stories and thoughts
Of both darkness and light

For just a few moments
Our souls intertwined
Our hearts dared to hope
And joy filled our minds

For just a few moments
I let down my shield
You let yours down, too

For just a few moments
I thought it was real

My sweetheart, my darling
My muskrat, my dove
Your sweet gentle kindness
Grew quickly to love

You coaxed me to fall
Right alongside you
For just a few moments
It surely felt true

My battered heart so scared
To go too far in haste
But, after thirty years
Time we shouldn’t waste

For just a few moments
You made me believe
In love and hope and joy

For just a few moments
You made me believe
In you. In me. In us.

Then I watched you leave

An instant, a breath
The blink of an eye
Silence. Discarded.
You left me to cry.

I tried to reach out.
I tried to amend.
You shut down completely.
No lover, no friend.

I don’t understand.
I racked my brain ‘why?’
No reason. No cause.
I can’t say goodbye.

After searching so long
After finding you now
I can’t let you go
Please, tell me how.

For just a few moments
I laid myself bare
A future of hope
Adventures to share

For just a few moments
I had this nice dream
Where I sure loved you
And you sure loved me

For just a few moments
I believed in it all.
A foolish young schoolgirl.
Nothing more, after all.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. laurapreble says:

    I like how you started at the school girl memory, and ended it there as well. There is one stanza that I THINk is missing a line…”For just a few moments/ you made me believe/ in love and hope and joy” but then no last line as with all the other stanzas. I think it’s a universal sentiment, whether we’re talking about reconnecting with lovers, friends, anyone, really, although I know it’s aimed at a lover. Really, it’s about any relationship from the past that suffers in the hot light of reality and the present, I guess. But the pain of hoping and thinking ‘maybe’ is so tangible and tasty, so right on the tongue there… I think a lot of people can relate to it in many forms.

    1. Thank you.
      Not missing a line. Purposefully off to make the reader stop for the impact of the next Stanza, repeating the first two lines, then intensifying the belief only to be left. Thown away.

      It’s aimed at a potential lover, one who ended things before really letting them start. From intense overtures of love one day to a harsh goodbye and discard the next. I don’t understand, and I’d really like to.

      Thank you for commenting! ❤

    2. That missing line happens twice: For just a few moments / I let down my shield / You let yours down, too —- purposefully missing fourth line to emphasize the next:

      For just a few moments
      I thought it was real

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