It’s March 9th…2005
We’re at the aeroporto… we cling to eachother like frightened
children…. or frightened old people…..
we’re too quiet to be children…
I can only hold onto him, hold his hands, touch his borders,
until the very last minute, knowing full well that time just keeps
moving on, and soon all this will be gone…the now of now
will soon be the now of the future, evaporated
but for foggy memories.
He sits beside me, and we are quiet together, our last moments
before the long distance once again pulls us to someplace else.
I lay my head against his maleness, holding to his arm,
head on his shoulder, my hands absorbing all I can of him.
He feels solid, grounded, calm, sad and resolved.
He says nothing… there is nothing to say.
I cannot hold the tears that fall down my face, and onto our
mutual hands…… and he looks long at me…
“Oh…I think thees separation ees going to be harder on
you than me…..”
He trails off …… I hold tight.
He takes my journal, borrows my pen, and writes
one last message to take home …
I remember turning to him for one last look, after I walked away,
before I moved into customs, and readied myself for the long trip home…
I may not see his face again for a long time… and for all that life offers..
….and for the way he is… it could be never.
The old panic buttons send their blaring sirens off into my nervous
system, for the so-many-times he’d left before, all of it coming up
like a slide show carousel on the dark wall of my brainscape.
I remember boarding the plane, and asking the assistant to please
bring me some kleenex…
“I am leaving my fiancee,” I tell her…” and I know I’m going to cry…”
And I did. I cried as the wheels left the runway, as the plane banked
for the last time over that city, over that bay, and away from that
magical place…my magical place…..until I could no longer see
that city, that bay, that coastline, or Brasil at all.
And then I wiped my eyes, sat up a bit, pulled out my book and
began the long journey home.