Katherine Gallagher: “Flying”

Charles Dellschau: Dreams of Flying
Born 1830, Prussia, Germany; died 1923, Houston, Texas

(For B.)

Remember, when you held my hand
over a restaurant-table
in the shadow of Notre Dame.
Already my head was flying,
I wanted this wild happiness

to last. ‘I’ll have that hand,’
you said, and we grinned at our beginnings
which were also endings -
the past without you seemed remote.
Here was the postscript

I’d been searching for
proving life could begin again
at thirty-five or forty
as we stormed landings,
scanned futures

felt love sitting lightly
on our shoulders, a cocoon
spun and spun, busy with
perfections — holding whole days
in its embrace.

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