there was an exquisite sadness in his eyes
his beauty made you ache
I sat across from him, longing to possess him and his beauty
I lifted my cup to my lips, never taking my eyes away
I had fallen in love with that face the first time I saw it
a Viking warrior from a time long ago
wide cheekbones and a jaw that seemed to be cut from some ancient stone
and yet the eyes betrayed a gentleness
I wanted to reach out and touch his still mouth with my fingertips
anticipating the electric sensations
would he let me would he turn away or would he simply close his eyes
I wanted to ask him what pain he hid
behind those eyes
the colour of an autumn sea before a storm.
Oksanna Crawley is a soon-to-be-retired teacher. She has taken a bouquet of inspiring writing courses and workshops with Brian Henry and hopes to pursue writing and art in the Golden Years. Oksanna's self-published children's book, So you be Keon and I’ll be Mahovlich about Toronto Maple Leafs legend Bill Barilko, was listed as one of the best in 2010 by the Ontario School Libraries Association.
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