When I went to the town this evening
I saw a young gentleman as beautiful as spring
He wore a brilliant suit, with hat and tie
A well trimmed beard and pure blond hair.
For a moment my heart stopped beating
My eyes transfixed at this glorious man.
I forgot where I was and the time flew by
The passersby went passed me unnoticed.
I had several thoughts in those moments.
I pictured him and me dancing
I full White Tie and tails in a ballroom
Alone with no one else but our eyes.
I broke from this daydream and saw
His eyes were on me as he walked towards.
I panicked and blushed and fumbled about,
As he approached me and asked for the time.
Taken aback and confused and embarrased
I pulled my pocket watch out and opened it.
He smiled at me and my heart weakened.
If only I could tell you how I feel about you.
He said thank you and doffed his hat.
He walked away as I stared at his back.
My heart sank as he disappeared behind the bank.
What could have been flashed through my mind.
When I returned home, I took my coat off
And then emptied my pockets of the day.
A small card slipped out and fell on the floor.
Had I put this in my coat before?
I picked it up and read the name:
A ‘Mr. Smyth, MA(Oxon) in Law and Jurisprudence.’
Was this the man that I’ve seen before?
On the street today when he asked for the time?
My mind was muddled and my heart was pounding.
I didn’t know what to think or say or do.
Does this mean he wishes me to call him?
Or does he have an ulterior motive?
I could not think of what to do for minutes.
I thought of him; thought of what to say.
Then I plucked up the courage and picked up the phone
And slowly dialed the numbers, one by one.
The phone rang and he picked up.
For a few seconds there was silence.
I told him my name and about his card.
He giggled a bit and tld of his intentions.
An invitation to a dinner the next night.
I answered ‘yes’ and we said our goodbyes.
I put the phone down to collect my thoughts.
I prayed that tomorrow would not be a disaster.
The night came slowly the next day
I clean my body and soul in preparation.
My nervousness almost entirely engulfed me.
I could die from a heart attack with all this fret!
I dressed in all my finery that I could muster,
Like he said he would over the phone.
And then I left for town and arrived at the place
He was waiting there with a smile on his face.
He greeted me with a warm embrace
I felt his heart beating between the layers of our clothes
I couldn’t stop looking into his sky blue eyes.
I could drown in them and be content.
We walked to the restaurant beside the canal
And talked about ourselves and such gossip.
We arrived at the destination and took to our seats.
Red wine was pour and our menus presented.
And so we ordered and ate our meal,
He said he enjoyed my music, that he knew [who I was].
And then he said he played the xiao and others.
We found comfort and solace in each others words.
Time flew by and the stars came out.
Our carriage awaits and we parted.
But before our leave he gave me a kiss
And said that we will meet again.
He took me to his house a week later
And I ascended the garden path.
The flowers were in full bloom
Bees buzzed about their daily ways.
The front door was old yet fine
Pass the threshold, the hall was bright.
Simple decor and elegant setting.
I could live in a place like this.
So he brought me into his living room
And passed me a cup of Earl Grey.
I slowly sipped the tea and savoured it
As the fragrance filled my nose and senses.
He spoke softly and gently to me
About his music and his arts.
To my amazement, he took a qin out
It was old and had silk strings on it.
He placed it on a qin table
And beckoned me to play
I played Qiu Shui and Meihua
He listened to ever note with closed eyes.
He confessed to me, that he loved me
He took his xiao and improvised
Me on the qin, [him on the xiao]
From the music I realised [we are one].
I awoke in his arms in the night
I must have been tired of all that playing
His sweet expression under the covers
Made me feel relaxed and withour anxiety.
He opened his eyes and smiled again
And caressed my face with his soft [fingers].
I opened up to him and told him that I,
Had fallen for him the first time we met.
He spoke softly and gently, like treading on flowers
And told me he will never leave me
in his arms I took a deep breath
And simmered in this good moment.
Was this all too good to be true?
I questioned myself for over five years since.
But with each day, my feelings grew stronger
That he was my soul mate, my partner, my lover.
A few more years and we now live together.
We share our meals, our music, our happiness and our woes
Then one day we went to the dance hall
In White Tie, top hat, tails and all.
We danced all night alone, no one around
Then he asked me to marry him, I didn’t say no.
The world is at our whim as we travelled into this life,
I know with him at my side, there will be no strife.