February 14, 2011
For those who like stories of love at first sight, and with female characters who are no shrinking violets, you might enjoy this poem, which arrived in my mailbox the other day from the Library of Congress’s Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools (selected by Billy Collins).
Between Wytheville, Virginia
and the North Carolina line,
he meets a wagon headed
where he’s been, seated beside
her parents a dark-eyed girl
who grips the reins in her fist,
no more than sixteen, he’s guess
as they come closer and she
doesn’t look away or blush
but allows his eyes to hold
hers that moment their lives pass.
Read the rest here.
From that same link, you can subscribe to receive a poem a day in your mailbox, too. Now that’s love.