Couples in the Park

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
These two couples were at opposite ends of the age spectrum, but their love was obvious.

Submitted: July 14, 2012

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Old Couple

Strolling in the park, he and she --
Aging, overweight, their bodies long past beauty;
Yet they dress with care and with colour,
Each for the other,
With affection.

In their minds—as a melody is remembered,
An orchestra imagined in the silence—
They perceive themselves
Not as time and weariness have tarnished them,
But as they were so many decades past
And will remain: their psyches fresh and young --
The husks alone have grown grotesque.

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Young Couple

When the laughter dances in your eyes
The watcher on the bench can almost fail
to notice the staggering gait
Your twisted limbs have forced on you.
You hold your companion's hand,
Not for support but with love,
And looking at him you do not see
The broken paving stone
That sends you sprawling to the ground.

As the young man stands beside you
Offering no assistance,
The watcher frowns, offended.
"Help her!" his thoughts become
A silent, outraged shout.

But you regain your feet unaided
And resume your conversation undisturbed.
Nothing strange has happened:
You fell, you rose,
And confidently go upon your way.


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