Love in the park by Lucy Marsh
Love is the old man offering his arm
to his wife of 60 years
as she stumbles on the gravel path.
He balances on his rubber-tipped stick,
still neat in his collar and tie
as she smiles up at him.
Love is the young mother
with dark eyes creased from broken nights,
giving her last sandwich to her two-year-old son
so he can feed the ducks quacking on the pond.
She grabs his hood as he teeters on the edge.
Love is the teenager lying on the grass
texting her boyfriend in the sun.
She plucks a blade of grass
with her idle hand,
sending him a 🙂 xx.
Love is the golden Labrador
bounding after his tennis ball.
Leaping into the afternoon air,
he snatches it with eager teeth
so he can race back to his owner.
Love is this bench
with its brass plaque
engraved for the one
who often sat and gazed
here – and loved this park.
Copyright the author and first published by Friends of Rowntree Park on Nov. 26th, 2013