Roses unfolded from bud to bloom
each pedal, silky, fragrant and red.
A small card, with the words “I love you,”
dangled haphazardly from one of the stems.
We met when we were teenagers,
his hand encircled mine
our footsteps synchronized
we finish one another’s sentences
it was easy to laugh with one another.
We have been togetherand will be
for all time.