I am wrapped in the deeds of the words that have made me.
is a beautiful rain. I turn towards you to tell you what you already
know, that I love the warm rain in the city, but you are not there. The
drenched empty half of the bench to my right glistens blue, then yellow, then
red, and then back to blue again in harmony with the flashing neon
lights in the Pizzeria sign across the narrow cobblestone street. The small
city garden behind the bench that bustles with children and their
mothers during the day is silent and unmoving in the night. It is a
moonless darkness and there isn't a soul about. I look leftwards, down
the hill to the river. On the two sidewalks, evenly spaced gas lamps are shrouded in a fine
mist, their feeble light barely reflecting off the wet cobblestones.
Bright light spills out of a few street-level windows from the row of
two-story brownstones that hug the street on both sides. I sit there and
watch the familiar scene.
When I turn back
towards you, I know you have been watching me for a while. I reach for
your hand and slide my body on the bench to be closer to you. The warm rain
washes down your face. When I look into your eyes, I can see our little
world reflected in your unspilt tears. I reach for your face, cupping it
with my hands and whisper, "I don't remember, love. I don't
remember what I am supposed to do."