In Japanese, “longing for springtime”
I feel as a weight almost too heavy to bear
Tzu Pheng Lee, “Seki Shun”
In your last picture of me,
I was carrying a machine-gun,
a reluctant 22-year-old recruit.
Now, at 42, I am more likely
to chaperone a martini
amongst a different troop.
I prefer the martini
but I want that strong young man.
for Debbie, on reconnecting after 20 years