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Memories evoked by an old photograph.
A family scene from 1980

Looking Back

High school classmates, almost friends,
teasing our connection.
Her creamy cheek burns fiery red
in the spotlight of affection.

College sweethearts, more than friends,
love bursting into bloom.
Torrid nights of ecstasy
heat dormitory rooms.

More than sweethearts, wedding vows
declare a lifetime love.
Golden bands now bind a pair
to live their lives as one.

Beyond marriage, parenthood
brings new reality.
A couple's love can warm a house,
it's warmer yet with three.

After three comes four, five, six;
the family unit grows.
Passion cools as love matures,
but still the embers glow.

Looking back at fifty years
with kids all gone to roam,
I cherish the enduring love
that makes our house a home.

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