We embrace, knowing this is the last time
We’ll see each other for a while. She sighs,
And tears dampen my shoulder. My fingers
Gently entangle themselves in her blond
Curls. I wish this could last a while longer…
But it can’t. We ease away from each other;
My fingers release her hair and lightly
Caress her cheek, down to her dimpled chin.
I tilt her head up and brush my trembling lips
Against hers. My fingertips linger, then
Fall away into loneliness once more.