Valentine I Know

Vignettes strung together
precious pearls of delight
gently rest close to the heart
filling in the quiet spaces with wisdom
and while the smoke rises
from distant passions and fire
my dreams will never fade…
memories unfold gingerly
pages of cherished love letters
tender stories are told
a silent witness to one more sunset
recall the sweet songs we sang
and whispered promises that lovers make
when forever has no expectations
and tomorrow is a shared last breath…

You are the only Valentine I have ever known

(For my husband Jerry Yates 1954-2007)