Soft Conspiracy

Our first date was forty-four years ago.
At a park after dinner, you said
“The geese are all laughing at us.”
We were young. Unsure. Cautious. We laughed.
Our soft conspiracy continues into tonight’s starlight.

couple in starlight

I read that Zelda Sayre went on her first date with F. Scott Fitzgerald on her birthday, July 24, 1918, and years later, in a letter to Scott, she wrote: “The night you gave me my birthday party … you were a young Lieutenant and I was a fragrant phantom, wasn’t I? And it was a radiant night, a night of soft conspiracy and the trees agreed that it was all going to be for the best.”

Image by Mihai Paraschiv from Pixabay


In my most black and white days,

she was technicolor. She was my Marilyn.

Our world – saturated color, a yellow road,

fantasia, music surrounded us like in movies.

Until she was gone with the wind.


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A Technicolor Marilyn with gentlemen (20th Century Fox – source) Public Domain, Link