I began a sketch of you nearly four years ago
when I picked up a pencil and drew half a profile,
topped with wild hair. And then I crumpled it
and threw it aside. I drew other faces with glasses
and bushy brows and round cheeks and thin lips
and as I drew I began to see you and came back
to the sketch I forgot. Erase, erase, shape the hair,
strengthen the cheekbones, the jaw, the nose,
add some sparkle to the eyes, a dusting of freckles,
smooth the lips, and make them smile. They smile
at me and I smile too and remember you always
how I see you now. I see you.
You breathe with me, I see with you, I draw,
I capture this moment. I can’t capture you
but I will try to do you justice.
This is what I see:
Brilliance– and wit, a mind methodic, playful,
and heart unashamed to cry, laugh, love
for it is honorable to live and love.