Falling in love at first sight
is something teenagers do,
and I certainly did my share—
but that was centuries ago,
and in the meantime I learned
that what made all the difference
was what happened after that,
and that the first sight could blind.

But that tentative, spontaneous kiss
gently taking us both by surprise
on a busy street in mid-afternoon
despite all the cars and passers-by,
and with its invisible embrace
unbroken by needless words,
ever so genuine, so light and warm,
made me feel like a teenager again.

©2007 Dorothy Miller Gutenkauf

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