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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

I saw her again today

Her auburn hair dances as if a symphony was taking place in the wind

With knowing eyes she nods as she has so many times before

I pondered how lucky I must be to even know her

I thought of the day we carved our names in that bench as we walked our new puppy

I smiled as I remembered our first date and how she sparkled under moonlight

I replayed our vows and the tears welling up in her eyes as she said I do

I dismiss all of these things as I sigh in my own reflection left wishing

I could only muster the courage to speak to her

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