That Starry Night

FAID SHAHABUDDEEN

I could never forget the sadness in her eyes

Her most alluring accent and French fragrance

That starry night I met her on Myrtle beach boardwalk

As we engaged in a lengthy conversation

That seemed to last forever

She told me she was from Croatia, in Eastern Europe

And that she was visiting South Carolina

To see a very sick aunt, weeks away from dying

And how very sad she was to say farewell

To a most kindhearted and loving relative

From the warmth of her sad melting eyes

I could tell she was enjoying my company

And the harmonious chemistry between us

And as we conversed during the night

Her voice faded to little more than a whisper

While we sat on a wooden bench on the boardwalk

As the sadness in her eyes gradually lessened in intensity

I realized her sorrow was being assuaged by my presence

And the moral support I was offering her with consoling words

In order to alleviate the distress she was enduring

And it brought great joy to my heart and soul

To see her a little happier than earlier that evening

Especially when she thanked me for being there for her

During her moments of sad and gloomy rumination

She told me her dying aunt Zora was very special to her

As she brought her up and cared for her, from the age of four

After her parents died in a tragic car accident

And she, an only child, suddenly became an orphan

While having lunch a few days later

I presented her a sterling silver necklace

“Oh, you’re such a gentleman. I love it,” she said

“It’s my pleasure,” I replied. “I’m happy you like it.”

And we agreed to communicate with each other

Despite the enormous distance apart

As the months went by, after she returned home

We wrote letter after letter to each other

While anticipating the moment we would meet again

During the following summer, we met in Barcelona

Where we enjoyed two weeks of happiness

Wining and dining in the trendy Las Ramblas

In addition to double-decker sightseeing

And the most heavenly moments of physical intimacy

After my proposal to her in front of the Sagrada Familia

I showed her a most beautiful diamond ring

And she promised to marry me after she obtained a new US visa

Stretched out her elegant fingers, and accepted the ring

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