That day we lay upon the grass, ++++A luminescent green.
The sparks that arced from arm to arm ++++Across the space between.
Our bodies quickened by the sun, ++++The willow leaves aflush,
The sunlight sparkling on the lake, ++++Our blood bestirred to rush.
Up and down the parkway, flowers ++++Enticing with their blooms,
Our loveless winter ended there, ++++Emerging from our tombs.
For we had slept as sleepers sleep, ++++Unmindful of the world,
Astonishingly we awoke, ++++Much like a rose unfurled.
Notes: July 3 is almost as big a holiday for me as July 4.
On July 3, 1982 I took a walk with a beautiful woman around that most beautiful of the Minneapolis lakes, Lake of the Isles. We had known each other less than two months. We sat down in the grass by the lagoon.