Summum Bonum

(14 February 1993) for Gretchen after Robert Browning

As if our years all came to this one moment, living in it, don’t we happen to be just to think of it, on an upswing, the calendar and commerce concurring, both of us willing, the whole in the part? Yesterday I washed the dishes, thinking you’d notice, which you did. You asked me what I wanted to do, and you agreed to whatever outrageous plan I had in mind at the time. As for Valentine’s day, is what we both want not special enough?