Nostalgia

Waking with a start
the colors are vivid, clear
against the contrast
of hibernation.

I feel alive. Smile.
Stretch out my arms
to reach for the world.

Venturing from the cave,
the sun’s soft kiss
reminds me of summer:
the warmth of your body
pressed to mine.

My head, swirling
catches up
to this fugitive heart

when the song you shared
with the birds–
in your solitude,
my abandonment–
echoes off the embankment.

Memories flood
the desert plains of my mind
where dreams whisper
of longing slept away.

I reach for a promise,
years old.
Hands enmeshed
in the cobwebs of history,

it is but a shadow
of you
that I cling to now.

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