Can a brief encounter change a life?
Snowflakes drift gently from powder-puff clouds,
floating and swirling ‘round last-minute crowds.
Fighting back panic, I must find a gift
to perfectly bridge a marital rift.
Tension increases in dark solstice days,
too much expected from too little saved.
I want this! I want that! Work is a drag.
Greedy kids, bully boss, wife who’s a nag.
Frustration snapping, I stormed from the house.
Now I need magic to soothe a sore spouse.
Perfection appears from out of the night
emerging 'twixt twinkles of holiday light.
Curls cascading from bright colored cap,
figure adorned with a chic winter wrap.
Delicate features, eyes mesmerizing,
ruby red lips with a smile tantalizing.
Beautiful angel, melting my heart
with holiday hopes to make a fresh start.
I flash on a vision, almost in reach,
crystal clear water, life on the beach.
Abandon my have-to, go on the run,
escape from the dreary, relax in the sun.
Love, unexpected, could bloom with a glance
in one random turning, a meeting by chance.
I try to be clever, toss out a line.
She blithely ignores it, walks right on by.
Fantasy fades, hope goes up in flames.
The embers wink out as she’s walking away.
A pang of regret cuts sharp as a knife.
I rejoin the crowd, return to real life.
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