What If

What if

tonight is the last time that I

go to sleeping wondering

if there’ll ever be an us?

What if

this is the last time that I

wonder if you actually have feelings

for me and overthink everything?

What if

this is the last time that I

fall asleep dreaming about what

it would be like to kiss your lips?

What if

this is the last time that I

have to write cryptic poems

about falling in love with you?

What if

this is the last time that I

have to imagine what it will be like

to finally be your girlfriend?


The World Around Us

Talking to you feels like the world around us stops,

just our two voices and the sound of fat raindrops

punctuating the pauses between our laughter

and the flirting that brings the smiles I’m after.

It feels as though we are the only people in the room.

Everything disappears until we want it to resume.

But in that moment all I can see if you,

the rest of this place is out of view.

How can I look anywhere else when across from me

is the whole reason I came all the way to Tennessee?

Great Smoky Mountains?Rivers? Trees? The views?

They aren’t the wonders of the world I’d choose

When my heart is beating, almost out of my chest.

Of all the joys of nature, I like you the best.

Nothing on the mountain could ever compete

to the man right here, affectionate and sweet.

When I’m with you, the world around us stops.

Our time together is sweeter than lemon-drops

and that is just how I like it.

What I Love About You

What I love about you is

your strong but gentle hands

your welcoming heart

your  ceaseless faith

your contagious smile

your infectious laugh

your kind words

your thoughtful actions

your love of life

your adventurous side

your passion and your drive

your optimistic outlook

and your compassion for everyone

just to name a few.


When I Look At You

When I look at you…

I see the future laid out in front of me.

I see a smile that warms my whole body up

coming home from work on a cold winter day.

I see heads thrown back in laughter

as we make dinner in our tiny kitchen together.

I see adventure after adventure

as we explore the cast world around us.

I see someone who is thoughtful, caring,

and willing to listen to the shenanigans of my life.

I see the father of my future children

who will be gentle, loving, and patient.

I see the dad who will be fun and energetic

and give them endless childhood memories.

I see a hard worker who never gives up

and is willing to face all of life’s challenges.

I see us celebrating life’s biggest moments

together hand in hand.

I see you teasing me with grey hair as we

rock on our front porch for endless hours.

I see someone who is ready to live life

to the fullest until the very end.

I see everything you will be

and hope that it will be with me.

When I look at you…. I don’t see just you.

I see my best friend.

How Lucky am I to be

How lucky am I to be

one of the lucky few who

bare witness and get to see

your genuine smile and joy.

And your eyes when they fill with

wonder and bliss for the world

that I get share you with

and drink each single moment.

And to know you well enough

to recognize the tender

blush behind your mall scruff

that makes you oh so human!

And to feel the kindred soul

that keeps your warm heart beating

striving to keep you whole,

every time you look at me.

How lucky am I to be.