Flourish of auburn intensity,
Organiser of better days,
One who says what she feels
And knows how much she
Deserves: a woman of estimable
Strength, of restless energy,
Of readerly wisdom, of writerly
Precision - she emerges from
The haze of the sun like wonder
Crowning the glory of the stars.
She has her dark secrets and
Her sharp intelligence, but when
She loves, she loves like
Lightning kept alive for hours.
With respect, I am envious, in awe,
Nervous that my words cannot
Do justice to her layers, her variety,
Her accomplishments. I bow to her
In my gentlemanly way. I say
Nothing but that I would like to know,
One day, enough about her that
I could write a worthy poem of praise
For her, honestly and deeply, just for her.