To Alex as he sleeps

by Alison Rivera
(Haleiwa,Hawaii USA)

I thought I loved you then

When first looks became long, longing gazes
And smiles became extended conversations
I thought I loved you then.

I thought I loved you then
When love was newly pledged
Fingers intwined,toes burrowing in the sand
I thought I loved you then

But now when love has been tested and tried
And has come through stronger and deeper
Now after many trials, heartaches,laughter and tears
Now I know that I only thought I loved you then.

alison rivera
haleiwa, Hawaii
age 60

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