Thursday, February 14, 2013


photo: ralph murre

by Nancy Rafal

I will give you my laughing eyes
            if you will caress my weary face.

I will give you my warm embrace
            if you will smile across the room.

I will give you the key to my heart
            if you take care to oil the lock.

I will give you the world on a string
            if you give me a ride on its ups and downs.

I will give you a map to places I’ve never been
            if you promise to drive carefully.

~ first published in the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar