She met him at the Snowflake Ball
They waltzed the night away
With midnight fast approaching
On the dance floor, they held sway
She had handed him her dance card
He signed his name on every line
Protesting that he was too bold
She smiled and said, "That's fine."
Strolling along the promenade
Falling in love at first sight
At twelve, he asked her to marry him
On that magical, winter night
They had fifty loving years together
And on the fifty-first New Year's Eve
He faded away as she held his hand
Tearfully begging him not to leave
Saying, "I cannot live without you."
"Please take me with you, dear."
He wiped a tear from her rosy cheek
And said, "I'll see you again next year."
She sat alone at the midnight hour
As the clock chimed in the New Year
His gentle breath caressed her lips
And softly said, "I'm here."
"I've come to take you with me.
And I only have a little time."
He took her hand; she breathed her last
As the clock sounded one last chime
Kathleen McCoy Eldridge©
December 31, 2008
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