life without you…

i

have lived

an entire

lifetime

without 

you.

long walks

around

Lake Merritt,

warm Sunday mornings

of brunch

and jazz;

five-dollar

movie matinees

filled

with popcorn

and soda.

Saturday nights

of PBS Midsommer Murders.

walks along Galveston seawall.

stops in Amsterdam,

Paris,

Tel Aviv.

fights in the streets

of Ocho Rios

and Montego Bay.

girls nights

of laughter,

music,

and song.

Etta James

at Great American Music Hall;

Houston-hot summers

Cape Town-cold winters

in June.

long floral dresses

of summer

combat boots

and leather jackets

of fall.

kisses in Nairobi

love

in Accra;

lay-over

in Lagos.

blue skies,

rain,

endless clouds

laughter,

pain.

I have lived

my whole life

without

you.
Linda Tauhid

©5/9/20

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