I always do hope
that someone will look at you
the way I did –
with the intensity
to burn a thousand candles
in an instant;

with the worry
that would make me face
any storm
with idiotic heroic bravado;

with the knowledge
of ten different ways
to make you happy
and to make you proud
and maybe even make you cry;

with the itching
to run a gentle hand
over your face
and feel the contours of your smile…

I always will hope
that somebody
can give you all I wanted to and more.

We all have to
make sacrifices
for love.