Writers' Pantry @91 where we "let our imagination run wild". I'm having a flashback. I saw his name in the obituraries, the man with laughing eyes. I hope he found what he was seeking. He left an indelible smudge on my outlook on life. So, here's a poem for him.
THE MAN WITH LAUGHING EYES
I once knew a man with laughing eyes
who caused my heart to dance
who made me believe in love again
and, trusting, I took a chance.
I loved the man with laughing eyes
and oh, love was so sweet
I believed no challenge could be so great
that together we could not meet.
Sometimes we loved by firelight,
sometimes we loved by day
....then one day the man with laughing eyes
seemed to have gone away.
I said to the man with laughing eyes
"You seem to have built a wall.
I've tried to scale it but I cannot,
it's really much too tall".
And so went the man with laughing eyes
away from my life for good.
I guess I knew it could never last,
but, oh, how I wished it would.
For a moment we had it, my laughing eyes
but alas it was just for a day
and quickly as snowflakes disappear
our bright tomorrows slipped away.