“Café Terrace at Night” –– Vincent Van Gogh
We drank our coffee with starlight caramel,
and summer’s sweet air of mystique.
Quietly painted with twilight we were
oblivious to the last sigh of romance
hung from a moon rushing toward September.
Caught in a spell of passion we ignored
each pearl of warm days would eventually
succumb to the chill of separation.
We never spoke, “I love you” or “forever”.
I was Paris and you were New York.
The world was too large, the sea too wide
for us to have more than a summer.
Now in the silver of my days I dream of you,
and tenderly shuffle through my soul’s photographs
wondering if you remember me.
©Susie Clevenger 2023