by Autumn Komzik
1,000 waves across the sea
1,000 memories made up you and me.
Your eyes crinkled at the corners when you smiled
How the books around you, piled.
How you cut the edges off your toast,
How you liked Rock and Roll the most.
The waves spread across the sea,
Turning from one into an infinity.
The way we jumped in the leaves in the fall,
How you were so tall, and I was so small.
How you kissed me on a football field,
How in a debate about skim milk, you would never yield.
Our memories spread across time
Turning from one, to this entire life of mine.
You held me when I left my coat,
If I tickled you, you’d give up the remote.
Your eyes were blue like the ocean,
And changed color with every emotion.
One day the 1,000 waves hit the land,
Breaking one by one against the sand.
And like the sand,
We slipped–beautiful crystals through our hands.
1,000 “I love you’s” ended in goodbye,
A final hug, tears in our eyes.
How do you forget 1,000 things?
How do you let go of 1,000 dreams?
It’s been twenty years and 1,000 things–
Jobs, friends, lovers, wedding rings.
But when I visit the ocean, look out across the water
I still see
1,000 waves, you and me.