When I Was With You

…truest and most rare, carves itself indelibly into memory. I attempted to forget you and for a time thought I succeeded. All I accomplished was to outrun love temporarily. Then when I wasn’t expecting it you caught up with me.

From “Clockwork Prince” by Cassandra Clare (Judith Rumelt)
woman eye contactI could not tell you
if I loved you
the first moment
I saw you, or if it was
the second or third
or fourth.
But I remember
the first moment
I looked at you
walking toward me
and realized
that somehow
the rest of the world
seemed to vanish
when I was with you.