This was written for my first girlfriend, my first love, and my first failure. I wrote it after finding an old picture of her standing against my old beater of a car, hands up, smiling and as happy. I hope that someday she can forgive me for the days that I ignored her and didn't listen to her dreams so many years ago.

I Should have Danced With You

I should have danced with you.
Taken you in my arms, your knight,
in your moment of need.

Now there is nothing, no you, no me,
just two bodies, disconnected through time;
One lost.

I have a picture, of you and I.
Happy once, back then, another time.
Some other world.

So long ago, the images faded.
I have only an old picture, from back then,
to keep my memories alive.

I imagine twin bodies, swirling to the music.
Some special song, playing softly,
for only us.

If this could be us, in some other time,
I would turn on the music, dim the lights,
and dance with you, as I should have.

May 1998, Reprinted with kind permission from me.

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