the eighth

Match, Made


Now that I’ve found love 

I look at couples without envy,

attuned to the new energy 

of a freshly-formed pair.


This twosome moseying towards me 

keep their noses parallel,

their dewey eyes still too shy 

to impose upon each other.


In their fingers, interlocked, I see 

a rough sketch of my marriage —

the dots we’ve since connected —


but to them this holding of hands 

has the frisson of children shocked

at finally tying their own shoes,


an inkling of mission accomplished, perchance,

as they gently swing them back and forth 

to see what they might do.


Shane Schick's poems have been published in literary journals across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Africa. He is the founder of a publicdation about customer experience designed called 360 Magazine. He lives in Toronto. More: Twitter: @ShaneSchick

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