William Ste. Marie’s Forbidden Date

Feb 13, 2016 by

William Ste. Marie’s Forbidden Date

Secret Valentine:

We must never tell of 
a long ride home 
and how you said
you were born in two places at once.

We must never speak 
of the six hours 
I grew hungry searching for words
with you
and the snowmen we colored as children—
sipping on chocolate you were not supposed to have.

We mustn’t remember
our schoolyard play, and 
how we found an empty place
to make our own.

We will never retrace our footsteps 
in your rhythm.

A stranger’s nod 
will shake away
what was ours.

William Ste. Marie—an English teacher and musician from Staten Island, New York—is the worst sort of hopeless romantic.  

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