BEGINNING TO BEGIN AGAIN
I was born in Michigan
where I spent most of my years,
but eventually I moved on
trying to out run the tears.
She’s originally from West Virginia
by way of eastern Kentucky.
Eventually she moved to Michigan
but that’s not where we got lucky.
She was married at an early age
to her only high school sweetheart.
We have that in common,
that’s the way I also got my start.
He was heading off to war
in a place called Vietnam.
He returned a decorated warrior
and they began to begin again.
They packed and moved to Michigan,
forged a brand new start,
made promises to each other
never again to be apart.
He went to work for Ford
while she worked at the local bank.
Soon they had a baby boy,
then gave the Lord their thanks.
Seven happy years passed,
they were blessed with another child.
The little boy now had a sister
and she wasn’t nearly as wild.
Eventually she left the bank
went to work at the school.
They lived just across the street,
it seemed just way too cool.
Life just kept on happening,
one day the kids were grown.
Only a matter of time now,
til they’d both be on their own.
They bought a place in Florida
it was all part of their plan.
One day they’d leave their jobs
as they began to begin again.
Things went along quite smoothly
eventually they made the move.
They both retired early,
with nothing left to prove.
Their lives had been simply lived
neither of them complaining.
Too soon, the diagnosis.
Too short, the time remaining.
The devastating feeling of loss
may never be explained,
but you get up again next morning
and begin to begin again.
We each ended up in Florida
known as the Sunshine State.
One day we met on MATCH.COM,
eventually we started to date.
She’d only recently lost her spouse,
for me, over 20 years it had been.
We shared much common ground
and together we began to begin again.
Between a grave yard in South Florida
and another in Mid Michigan,
we’ve both been biding our time
each beginning to begin again.
Copyright 2010 © Richard Lee King