“Ours” by Marybeth Richards

Poetry Contest Winner

I hope by the time our lives are over

            we can



at years gone by and say

            we lived more of our lives


            than we ever did


I hope we can conjure memories between the

two of us

            that maybe

                        one of us

                                    had forgotten,

because then it would not have been


                        but instead

            entrusted to the other

for safekeeping.

I hope we see

                                    -the moment-

we were eclipsed by each other and how instantaneously

we understood          how surely the sun gives light to the moon.

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