Today was one of those anniversary days.
Skipping leaves and half dressed trees
seem pleased about the warmish days.
The sun grows soft and big while sailing deeper to the south.
Evening's long shadows escape to chase our feet at noon.
That same sun spins out golden strands of memory
that bind me to a day just like today.
Warm sun, warm hands, warm cookies
dripping ice cream on a cozy hill.
Kaleidoscopes of dazzled light shift across our jeans
and draw our eyes to red leaves up above.
The leaves that in their lazy way
drift down and down to make mosaics
on the bright green all around.
The golden strands that day wove hazy screens
to push out time and place and people all around.
A golden day that witnessed bonded hearts
those many years ago.
Those golden strands this day wrap warm memories
around and leave me feeling seventeen and loved
while standing in the grass.
Eyes closed with face set toward the reddish glow
. . . for moments I could be both here and there.
His ringing laughter calls to me across the years,
and also strong and real around the bend.
Smiling, warm, beloved still
. . . I turn around and walk into today.
"O, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt His name together!"