Dermot McGarthy


The Crossword


They poured trust, entangled with,
Remote memories of lust,
In cradle type recognition,
Of one who has traveled,
So far with the other,
On life's cusp.
Six decades of life could be witnessed,
Gushing from their eyes,
Playfully cherishing sameness,
Without the cheap disguise.
Sensual, caring, stroking, sharing,
Letter, word, adjective, noun,
Five across, three down.
Their prize glaring at them,
The puzzle complete,
This is their love eternal,
An afterlife's heartbeat.

Submitted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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The Poet observing an older couple doing a crossword together, transfixed.

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  • Freshman - 1,079 Points Hazel Durham (3/16/2013 12:04:00 PM)

    Brilliant observation of an older couple in rhythm, with each others thoughts, dreams, regrets and living for the moment with such treasured simplicity is a rare gift. Their life is their love for each other, so beautiifully nourished from the inside out! (Report) Reply

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