I’m in love, she said, I didn’t say it
in front of everyone ‘cause I didn’t
want to embarrass you or make you blush.
My dry wit, my lost chances, what did I
say but If I could blush, I can’t—don’t—blush.
Did she notice me stumbling on my words?
Stuttering and looking down was my flub,
'cause then I didn’t see her leave—didn’t catch
the chance of walking with her out the door.
Just outside a great star lit up the dark.
In the instant before I realized
it topped a tree, I felt God stop and smile.
I’m wearing that smile now—miles later, home
and well fed—'cause the star came out to shine
reminding me of joy unseen, unknown.
Copyright © 2015 S.L.Chast