First Date

Lucia

It was a chilly night
when first we met
and took a stroll
that ended with a pet.

Your name is Lucia
and your ears flopped
and the more we walked,
your walk became a hop.

They warned of your limp
and that was alright
as I limped along with you
on that frigid night.

We arrived back at base
and you sat so calm and nice
until I bent down
and we finally broke the ice.

A smile emerged
and you kissed my face;
dog slobber covered
every uncovered space.

My only child at home
would never allow you to be
but from that moment on,
you’d always be a part of me.

© Autumn Siders 2019