21
Aug
09

Red roses

Staring at the roses

On the kitchen table,

Given to my bride

On Chinese Valentine’s day,

Our first

As husband and wife.

The music floats

In the air,

Much lighter than I,

Filling the small apartment

With more

Than just my heavy head.

We sit

Side by side

With our computers

Glowing in the low light

Of night in our home-

Her screen

A dizzying landscape

Of Mandarin characters

And faces

From somewhere

Far

Away from here.

The kitchen is filled

With the smell of foods

From across a vast ocean,

But there is no distance

Between us-

Where we sit

Or how we live.

Pictures from the wedding

Are still fresh

And full of crisp memories

From just a few months ago

In Taiwan.

Timothy Vance Jackson

August 21, 2009

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