NEVER SHALL I FORGET
that first morning, the first time I saw the face, the hands, the arms of the woman who transformed me from boy to man, from immature, reckless nave to a learned and responsible adult.
Never shall I forget that smile. That first time I saw those fluorescent white jewels gleaming from the sly grin of that tan face, the look of the soul that changed my life forever.
Never shall I forget the curls of mahogany silk that spun from the mind of the kindest spirit I have ever known.
Never shall I forget the flames which consumed my heart forever.
Never shall I forget the silence which struck me: a cocky braggart who always had a quip, muted by the beauty of what fell before my still unbelieving eyes.
Never shall I forget the desire to belong, the total abandon I threw toward loneliness that remains to this day a burden on my being.
Never shall I forget these things, even were I cursed to live for endless ages with a broken heart and an incomplete soul;
never knowing the warmth of another’s presence again.