The sunlight glistens as the warmth of early March

melts the landscape

of Southern Vermont’s winter freeze.


There is a steady breeze

highlighting a late Saturday afternoon where soon

twightlight will dim the bright foundation

of Midtown Manchester;


a place where skiers and snowboarders will soon gather to greet

familiar and new faces

from near and distant places;

a small town where new created memories will meet;

where the language of time takes a moment to pause

as nature embraces.


And here, in a small cafe called Ponce

we sit at a tiny table for two

just in the corner of a small rustic dining area.

The wooden floors creak the sounds of generations merged

and in the heated air, an aroma of cinnamon flavored

muffins linger as the ceiling has taken on the same color

of sunset’s painted sky.


As we look into each other’s eyes

there is a little Ella Fitzgerald whispering in the background

just loud enough to feed the listening

appetites starving for some Jazzy Blues as on the walls

the fingerprints of history are barely

faded behind the shadows of observers

captured in different structures of conversation


as are we.   In this place where no one knows our names,

are a witnesses to another chapter in our storybook of love

just as we have become witnesses to the poetry written and observed around us.


So many smiles

gathered in a little place, in a little town .  So many journeys

colliding on similar paths of inspiration and renewal


and so many lovers romancing life

just by being a part of life  -  loving each other by loving

every aspect of humanity that rests around us.


(c) 2013

Tarringo T. Vaughan

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