this state

hour-long freeway drives
windows down
playing the same songs
over and over
singing along
irrepressible smiles
and sore cheeks

long, warm, sunny days
iced coffee
sun-kissed skin
twinkling eyes
floating laughter

i catalogue the many ways
this day has been wonderful
as so many others have been
how the onset of summer warms
from flesh
to spirit

i know we’ll chase down
these moments, this place,
from wherever we might be

and we’ll find them
we’ll make them
wherever we are
whenever we
come together.