Wish I had found you in the spring
of my life when we were twenty
rushing headlong toward the future.
If I had found you in the summer
of our days, we could have nested
together in a cozy cottage,
raised brilliant, beautiful children.
Fate introduced us in autumn,
after beginnings and painful endings
with other partners in other places,
lives we each wanted to leave behind.
His and hers children grown, we were
free to wander – climb mountains,
hike island rain forests, return together
to the fearless spring we’d missed.
We had plans for the winter years,
reading to each other by the fire,
spoiling our his and hers grandchildren,
but it was not to be.
If I could rewrite
just one season of my life,
I would ask that
you not leave me so soon.
(In memory of Don in his birthday month of October)
SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is an award-winning poet and author of four children’s books, a memoir, two books of poetry and a travel memoir. Watch for her new poetry/art book, Walk With Me, to be released in October. All books available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, High Tide Publications, and the author.