Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Heart of it All

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
Happy Valentine's Day!

It's not the shoes or the clothes
The color or style of your hair
Nor the size of your wallet or waist

It's not what shade you put on your face
The color or length of your nails
Nor the matching watch or fitness bracelet

It's the way your eyes sparkle on a faraway beach
The way your smile can light up an empty room
Your hand's warmth when it is held

It's the ebb and flow of your breath
The rhythmic up and down of your chest
That tender spot late at night

It's as much about the days
Ahead of us as behind us
About this moment right now

At the end of everything
Is the beginning of it all and
How you opened your heart to me.


— Mark Butkus