Love Need Not Be Certain

Certainty

Assurance

A sure thing

Traits that are sought out

Welcome

Desired

When it comes to love

Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional slam dunk?

But that’s all it is

Occasional

A rare commodity

Hardly prevalent in the real world

Outside of Hollywood

Certainty

To the contrary, I’ll live with the unknown

Not knowing how it plays out

Because to me, that’s what’s damn exciting!

One thing I’m certain of

Is that I love her touch

The way her sweet head fits when she leans into me

How she calls me “baby”

How she trusts me with intimate details about her life

No matter how unfortunate

How time spent with her goes so fast, I’m left longing for the next time

And the time after that

How she’s the first thing I think of in the morning

And the last in the evening

In hopes of a most wonderful dream

About her

I haven’t the first idea how this goes

The endgame is quite unknown

And I couldn’t care less

For I love her dearly

That’s for certain

And that’s more than enough for me

Heart and Mind

I hark back to those days

I put it all on the line for you

And I was so sure

Despite the well meaning words of caution

Misguided emotion provoked radical reform

Despite my apprehension

Funny thing when that happens

When the heart and mind collide

The heart always triumphs

But the mind eventually proves to be the wiser

Cling to Hope

I’m losing you

You’re not happy

You said as much

Not in love

But you’re not leaving

Just putting me on notice

From this point forward, I’ll have to kill myself

Prove I’m worthy

That I can go back to what I was

I’ll try my damnedest

Probably have some early successes

But I cannot make but one mistake

Or I’ll go all the way back

It’s so daunting it’s near impossible

But I’m desperate not to lose you

So I cling to hope

Best Friends No Matter What

I recently hooked back up with a friend that I have known for more than 30 years. He reached out to me after I had run into his wife by chance. I’m sure she told him to call on me, perhaps, because she wanted him to get out of the house!

This guy and I were inseparable in our earlier years. He was the best man at my first wedding, as was I at his wedding. He is still married to the same wonderful lady, whereas I have had a different story. In fact, after the brutal breakup of my first marriage (as mentioned in First Love….), it was he who singlehandedly got me through it.

I hadn’t seen, nor really spoken much to my buddy for several years, even though he lives about five miles from me. You see, he are are are so similar in that we like to our alone time for reflection and dislike talking on the phone. Usually our correspondence consisted of a “Merry Christmas,” or “Happy Birthday,” text.

He messaged me and asked if I wanted to go hiking. I was surprised, as, while I love the outdoors, I did not remember him as such a person. I agreed to go, not expecting much more than a quick jaunt through the woods and catching up on mundane things, like, “How’s the job going?” To be honest, I was a little apprehensive, thinking the outing might be a little awkward.

While we did touch on small talk, I got so much more out of our 3.3 miles together. We openly conversed about meaningful life topics, such as what we hope our future brings as we get older. How our children are shaping us. What our fears were going forward. These are the things that can only come out during a peaceful and secluded block of time together. Our old friendly jabs at each other aged well and were in full swing despite the passage of time. We now have plans to hike every two weeks (Hey, we’re old and need recovery time!).

That morning, I learned that I am extremely lucky. I have that special friend that, regardless of how long we have stayed out of touch, we can get back together and not skip a beat. Everyone should have a friend like that. I hope you all do.

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