I didn't know he had his
I only knew he stopped for tea
And found within a fair young maid
Whom later he would marry.
I didn't know -- perhaps I should.
All I knew was what was said:
That at first sight they fell in love
For half a century.
I didn't know that time would prove
A sea in which events would move
Like dreams slow-motion with the tide,
Drowned in morning's mercy.
But nearing death her undead need
Broke open like a sun-kissed seed,
And then I knew what choice she had
Endured for love of me.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon