Surprise

How many times haven’t we met before?
That first time,
at that loud, crowded party,
with all those new faces around,
I barely noticed.

Those other times,
every now and then,
I can’t tell exactly when
I learned your name
and got to know you.

That recent time,
when I recognised your smile,
and memorised your face,
when I began to notice what I so many times had missed,
how much your presence subconsciously meant.

With earlier times running through my mind,
this time as I meet your eyes,
I’ve found where my heart lies.
It might have taken me time to realise,
as this is indeed a surprise!

GREG RAKOZY JAKE DELA

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