we met when we were 14
or was it 15?
was it at a birthday party
or had i run away from home
we both smoked cigarettes.
we walked out of the light
into the night
we sat on a curb under a tree
she told me her story
i told her mine.
we were misfits.
our childhoods were over
but we were still children.
we faced the pain of dealing with
the mistakes our parents had made,
the crimes they committed and
the devastation of being victims.
we didn't know then
how long and arduous the journey would be
but for the Grace of God.
she called last night and said my name, then said hers.
we talked for an hour interrupting each other
with too many questions and so much to say.
her voice and laugh were the same as i had remembered
and i missed her like i missed running in the night.
i missed her like rhine wine and steppenwolf.
i missed her like walking down the railroad tracks
45 years slipped away, disappeared, invisible to the eye
but the depths and breadth of the love in my heart for her
it was a night to remember.