Sharing Stories

Shifting dunes of love


Love isn’t written upon fluffy clouds awaiting a sunny invitation

Junior High health teacher explained premarital inter-digitation

For those that don’t know, that’s handholding before marriage

Glancing across a room could make Superman push a carriage

Long ago fashion, poodle skirt swaying on waxed gym floor sock hop

Dance to Everly Brothers duet, before Checkers twist or jazzy bebop

Shy kisses, young heart, wet puckered lips anticipate Prince Charming

Adam’s apples hidden slippery snake tongue, expectations—alarming

Time ticking names like a love-life roll call, tumbled kryptonite descent

Unconditional loving, glad-to-see-you barked greetings—pure consent

Love can’t be measured, slip away like changing dunes in the sands of time

A genie should bottle excess youthful energy, to be used passing our prime

Music shook up each decade, fast or slowing step, swung boogie to waltz

Hearts rhythm tuned, hearing beating of a different drummer—no faults

Jukebox played selection memories, including leggy moves for two to tango

Salad days long gone, too old to trip the light fantastic, I slice a juicy mango

The story of my life is like an allemande left western square dance

Wearing I’ll-take-no-shit-boots, I did it my way, and took a chance

Sometimes, sadly slipping into a black and white Rod Serling Twilight Zone Wishing for a never ending dance to happier times, again loved, not alone

April Ryan is a loyal member of Ariele Huff’s Friday ongoing writing group at Edmonds Senior Center. Her work is frequently published in Northwest Prime Time’s print version and in Sharing Stories.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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