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“Wise men say only fools rush in”
But at the touch of your hand
You set fire to my skin
Hand in hand, newfound, now strong
I don’t know how you couldn’t hear my heart’s song
But then
Everything’s been quiet, almost all unspoken
But for those three words that let my heart open
To you and your love that everyone thought
Might last a bit, but alas, not
I’ll give it to you, I’ve been for once caught
By the glancing eyes from far away
And deep brown doors held open for me
To see inside them and meet only you
Not to see you as the many times unrequited lover
Because you’ve been that no longer
Than that first time the spark was lit
A flash between fingers, and then a steady burn
Rising to our cheeks and refusing to quietly sit
And listen to Time’s encouragement to be deterred
You are my first love, and have been for an age
You’ve freed my heart from its timid cage
I haven’t told you this before, no I have not
I was afraid to love
But since then I’ve been caught
The few words hanging in my throat
Eyes flashing and smiling
While our faces are still
Close in embrace
Held in the arms that caught me
In our games, and by hand, and by heart.






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