Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

San Antonio

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Tonight I lingered over your name,
the delicate assembly of vowels
a voice inside my head.
You were sleeping when I arrived.
I stood by your bed
and watched the sheets rise gently.
I knew what slant of light
would make you turn over.
It was then I felt 
the highways slide out of my hands.
I remembered the old men
in the west side cafe,
dealing dominoes like magical charms.
It was then I knew,
like a woman looking backward,
I could not leave you,
or find anyone I loved more.

12 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. I don’t know that I’ve ever really watched my husband sleep but I do like to spy on my girls every once in a while. ;) Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. I’ll admit poetry is not something I generally get a lot of enjoyment out of, but this poem is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!

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