You took my breath away
With beauty I expected least,
Like when dragged on dark and frosty fields
To watch the lanterns rise into the night.
Jelly fish that swam through heavy nights
And punctured black with eyes of light,
I’d hoped that I would feel so little,
That when we slunk back home
To place our hands round cocoa cups
I’d yawn with nonchalance
And say how bored I’d been.
But you took my breath away
And so I spoke in garbled tones
Of nothing but the beauty I had seen.
And still I see it every day
Long after flames have all burnt out,
Because I see you
Despite the cold and dark.