The first rays of the sun
Begin to peek over the tops of the buildings we pass
The violet-blue of Newark airport slowly turns to gold
“Here comes the sun,” I say
You smile and reply, “Oh I love that song!”
So, I take out my phone
To find this old Beatles song in my music library
Then I hit play
Silently we watch the sun climb over the tops of Terminal C
And as the song plays,
The sun climbs higher
I feel you step into the beam
Of the sun that had been warming my face
My whole body is a live wire of nerves
Anticipating this goodbye and dreading it
I feel the warmth of your body move up
Against mine, as you bring me into an embrace
I am desperate to know if your eyes are closed like mine
Then I feel you pull back
Bit by bit your fingers loosen from behind my neck and move down to my chest
For a minute you lay your hand there
My eyes are still shut…afraid to look at you.
I feel your hand reluctantly pull away from my chest
Your breath is warm against my face as you say,
“This is the only goodbye for now.”
Before you turn and make your way into the terminal
I see subtle loneliness in your eyes
That I recognize because it is in mine too
I am surprised to see the tears on your face
Two that fall towards your ears
You turn your face slightly
As if you do not want to meet my gaze
Though there is no gaze to meet
Because your eyes are shut.
I pause…waiting to speak
To ask what they are for
But I already know.
After you are no longer in my sight
I take in the buildings bathed in gold and smile
Wondering where life will take us next.
I would give anything to know that you will miss me
Until the moment I step off the plane
In Los Angeles sometime in the future
And I hope that as soon as you see me
Any loneliness you have in your eyes
Will melt away immediately.
Poet- Robert A Cozzi
Robert Cozzi is an international award-winning poet, featured three times over in The World Poetry Movement’s publications, including “The Best Poems and Poets of 2011”. Robert grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and has written five books to date, and “kaleidoscope of colors” is his latest.
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