Wednesday, July 21, 2010

reader, I love him... Imperfect Prose

come closer, love.
i want to trace the
lines that are
blooming next to
your eyes
(i love him)
because I have
seen them sprout
where every crinkled
smile and laugh
has sprung.
under covers,
laughter finds us
on winter nights
and we kiss
or clutch giggles
 in halls
while babies dream
in cribs and toddler beds.
my heart rests
under your chin,
in the crook of your neck
(that is my place)
and this, our life;
growing laugh lines
in our time.

If they can see the
footprints of laughter on our
that will be
all that i ask of aging skin.

(and that i may never forget how to laugh again...)

I'm joining Emily in Imperfect Prose on Thursdays. Click on the link below and see where it takes you...

Copyright © 2010 Alexis Hallum


Wanda..... said...

Beautiful words and thoughts, Alexis.

From this point on at facial lines and creases will be thought of as ..."footprints of laughter"...

Smiles to you, Alexis!

SuzyQ said...

So beautiful! I love laughter lines, which is lucky as I have quite a few :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Lovely poetry Alexis!

"and we kiss
or clutch giggles
in halls
while babies dream
in cribs and toddler beds."

You have a way with words, Alexis.

Southern Gal said...

Your place is lovely and so are your words.

Jodi said...

You are even more beautiful than your words. I am so enriched by your poetry.

Wandering On Purpose said...

This makes me smile!

emily wierenga said...

you are so beautiful, alexis. and your hubby sounds like he loves you so much. what lovely prose... i'm so, so glad you linked up with me today, friend.

alicia said...

What a great statement of love to your man!

JoAnn said...

This reminds me of a certain post it note you left for me in the cupboard...hahahahh!

seriously though..AWWWwwww.

Alexis Hallum said...


Claudia said...

Wow - I like this a lot - beautiful written ...footprints of smart!
So nice to meet you!

Amy Danielle said...

I love this. Heart warming and sweet.

Annie said...

I love this poem. You've given me a new way to look at laugh lines and eye crinkles, which I adore on my husband, and resist accepting on my own face- but, maybe now, I can adore them on me, too. Truly, this is a great poem! "... all that I ask of aging skin." You've given me a warm feeling with this poem.

Barb said...

Hi Alexis, I'm taking your word that you both do actually have laugh lines - I looked with an eagle's eye and couldn't find them! As Wanda so astutely observes, whole pathways become carved in your skin over many, many,many (is that enough manys?) years. May the laugh lines you achieve together bind you more closely with each other. Indeed, your children benefit from those lines. Welcome back - I was excited to see your poem.

Arian T said...

lovely as all poems should be :)

Linda said...

Such lovely thought. You make me feel so much better about the lines and wrinkles on this aging face - reminders of so much joy and laughter.

patty said...

ohmigosh... if i knew how to say it rightly, i would have said it just like that. beautiful love words... :)

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patty said...

oh! i noticed the comment above... are you and joann related? :)

julie said...

Beautiful, beautiful. This made me think of my parents. They always shared (and still share) their own little secrets and giggles and smiles. Kind of nauseating when you're 16, but now it makes me smile. :-) So glad to have found your site. (Thanks to Emily and Imperfect Prose!)

Lisa said...

What a beautiful poem and a beautiful love story. :)

Lynda Young said...

Great words, well 'spoken'.

Vicki Lane said...

Charming and full of feeling! I love it!

Nancy said...

"my heart rests under your chin..."
Beautiful. So nice to meet you, Alexis. Thank you for your kind words on my blog. Spent a little time on your blog and am looking forward to spending more time here. So glad to be introduced through emily. Blessings.

deb said...

This is tender.
love it,
and know it.

some furrowed brow lines too...

Eileen T O'Neill - Written Words said...

Quite simply, LOVE......
In the words!

Julie Musil said...

I LOVE this piece about love. How wonderful to grow those lines together, and to be a part of each wrinkle in each others' lives. Wonderful, Alexis.

Carrie Burtt said...

This is such a wonderful poem in every way! A tribute to your love and your life...laugh lines are the wrinkles that are genuine beauty!! You dear Alexis are beautiful inside and out!

GreenEyes said...

alexis, this is so good that i cant even say anything. there's nothing to say. you covered all the bases. wow