Elusive Skin

(memory of autumn 2001)

I watched the June sunlight dance upon the crests of your cheeks, and now, as October twilight surpasses a hazy afternoon and dwindles into a sultry eve, the thoughts of your sun-kissed expression cast a tender glow upon my darkened world...and my fluttering heart. You had smiled at me, I remember, and I barely noticed the slightest, loveliest tremble in your bottom lip. Not even in the sweetest, most vivid of dreams I've been so utterly enchanted. I had attempted to catch my reflection in your eyes. I was curious of the soul that dwelled behind them...but you looked away too soon. The days between then and tonight are too many. You passed like a golden leaf on Autumn's wings, my fantasy wrapped in elusive skin and trembling twilight.