I saw you in a book long ago.
Nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs,
Your cells differentiated and labeled.
Clauses, phrases, idioms, expressions,
Your organs dissected, tissues identified.
It helped me see you sharply,
Like a well-focused photograph,
Stimulating the rods and cones in my retina.
But how do I sense you today?
In smiles I haven’t seen in years,
Heartbeats that sounded in silence,
Laughter that filled every space,
Touches that warmed my skin,
Hugs that filled my arms.
Familiar places that I visit without ever leaving.
I open my mouth,
You take me home.
Before I had drawn a week’s breath,
Arms brought me into your embrace.
New, your sights filled my eyes; your sounds
Grew into my heartbeat.
Amid your bustling streets, I
Learned to cross happy ways.
Often I think of you as I
Reside thousands of miles away now,
Ever wishing you enveloped me again.