I saw you on the street
In passing, We embraced
You introduced me to your “friend”
Beautiful like a tiny painting
With a limp dishrag handshake.
I greeted you full, squarely on
With my usual over-the-top energy
“So great to see you; and meet you”
I didn’t even suck in my stomach
I don’t need your approval,
~ Just L (February 5, 2019)
Tropical flowers are red,
The sky is blue,
The sun is hot,
And so are you.
Water taxis are white,
Yachts are rare,
The water is shiny
And so is your hair.
Chickens lay eggs,
Force is strong,
And so are your legs.
Up to the skies,
The sand is sparkly,
And so are your eyes.
Iguanas in hedges,
Mean no harm,
Arrival is safe,
And so are your arms.
Locals are pretty,
Guests have style,
My party is winning,
And so is your smile.
Two rivers meet the sea
In southern Jalisco
The Bay is beautiful,
Just like you.
~ Just L (November 29, 2018)
Author’s Note: Yelapa, Mexico. Yelapa means where two rivers meet the sea.
There is a place by the westward sea — salty sweet. Reggae jazz floods the sidewalk. One Rasta man and an empress — eyes meet. Where the darkest night met the light. And, a new day began.
-Just L (February 25, 2017)
via Jamaican Dreams
A selection from sweeter days with my dark chocolate….
Thank you for enjoying my 390 poems on love and loss published here since 2015. See the “About Just L” section for my poetry published elsewhere since 1997.
And she replied,
I can, and have. I am at a very free stage in my life. I have been deeply in love and I have had my heart broken. I have spent the last year guarded, practicing my yoga, and in reflection. I have done my fair share of playing, but when pursued, a small voice keeps pushing back, and telling me to wait for that spark.
You said that our first four days felt like fourteen years – that you felt like you had known me forever. I share that feeling.
I am, of course, still getting to know you. I believe in the law of attraction. Something deep draws me to you. I like that you are traveled, articulate, care about your health, and are spiritual. We share a passion for music of all kinds. You are talented and passionate about what you do. Family is a priority. You have an adventurous spirit like me, and yet you are peaceful and can be comfortably present and quiet. I like that very much.
My hand fits in yours perfectly, and in your arms feels like home.
~ Just L (from a simpler time, published November 25, 2018)
They met on a beach
Not at home but not on vacation
Talked about life, relationships, and music
Found they had much in common
Nothing at stake they were vulnerable and open
Isn’t that the way it is in the beginning?
Over the months they made plans to reunite
And did on several occasions
Super Bowl, on holiday, birthday tattoo
Made a point to connect in every season
In between, plain texts gave way to kissing emojis
Interspersed with sweetie, babe, or hun
Each time they kissed goodbye
Just a little longer lingering
Acting as if it would never work
Their smiles betrayed their reasoning
~ Just L (November 17, 2018)
The windows rattled but I was not shook;
Your strong arms, my protection.
Reminded of your house’s strong foundation;
I settled in to the kiss of rain’s affection.
As the waves crashed in this Cabo Corrientes cove,
We found our own native rhythm.
Skin to skin we crackled;
Was it the lightning or him?
You drug the boat back into the southernmost (of Bahía de Banderas)
In the calm of the morning light.
We headed toward the rainbow;
God’s blessing, our delight.
~ Just L (October 26, 2018)
Yelapa, Mexico, as we were alerted of Willa’s approach. Video courtesy of Romeo Tovar Chavarin.
Author’s Note: My great niece, Willa, turned 1 this month. Coincidence?
“….For the final time, leave us alone” I read out loud as I lie in your lap.
Stroking my hair you ask, “Who’s us?”
“I suppose she and her 375-word [most recent] tirade.”
“No, babe you are just “self-centered and delusional” enough to believe that her Facebook posts clearly directed at you and her direct messages (DM) to you have nothing to do with you.”
“And I “parade images around of [you] on social media like [you] are just a piece of meat.”
We take selfies and laugh.
~ Just L (October 3, 2018)