… for National Poetry Day (Thursday, October 7, 2010):

AS YET UNTITLED (a work in progress)

Composing words of romance, verses as yet unformed.

Visions of hair, long, dark and curled,
Of laughing Van Morrison eyes.

Freckled skin, kissed by the sun,
Slender curves, longing to be caressed.

A heart, offered freely, given totally,
Not accepted.

Fleeting moments of joy,
Once grasped, but slipping through fingers, still,
Cherished a lifetime.

  — Steven L. Sheffield (b. 1966), copyright © 2009.