The New Norm

I admit it.

I’ve spent
Friday nights,

Too many to count,

With the boys…

Drinking too much,
Thinking too much,
Fantasizing about
All the beautiful women
In that bar…

Whatever it took
To find my way
After a failed relationship,
And lost love.

Nothing I’m
Terribly proud of.

But then fate
Found me
One Saturday morning,
At the grocery store,
No less.

I inadvertently bumped you
With my cart,
In the produce aisle,
Halfway between the romaine
And jalapeno peppers.

As I recall,

My flubbed apology
Was something about

My focus on food,
And I love to cook,
And the peppers
Looked so fresh,
And I wasn’t paying attention…

And I’m an idiot
For bumping you
With my trolley.

And so graciously,
And beautifully,
You smiled,
And accepted
My apology
And said something about
“Don’t let it happen again.”

You smiled once more
As if to add
Your own ๐Ÿ™‚ emoji,
Just to assure me
That you were teasing.


One thing led
To another,

And another.

Now, I find myself
At the grocery
To gather
Just the right ingredients
To cook for you.

And then
To the local wine shop,
Selecting the perfect pairings
For the dinners,
That I so incurably
Want to serve

Maybe I’m falling
In love…

I don’t know,
Everything is such
A blur.

What I do know
With surety
Is this.

All I want to do
On Friday nights

Is to have you over…

Give you a glass of wine…

Put on a little Motown…

Cook for you…

Feed you…

And have you
Curl up next
To me…

Falling asleep,
If you’d like.

That’s what I want,
And long for,

And dream

To be

The new norm.

ยฉ 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

19 thoughts on “The New Norm

  1. I need to find the store you shopped at! Seems like the place to find love! Either that, or I’ll wait by the jalapeรฑos! Lol!

    Really beautiful poem, as always, my friend! I’m sure she will enjoy those Friday nights with you! ๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. Thanks Brandi…so much appreciated. That truly is my idea of the perfect Friday night. I suspect that most would find that incredibly staid. Guess I’m stuck in my ways at this point in my life. Pathetic…isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Youโ€™re very welcome, Bill! I donโ€™t think itโ€™s pathetic at all! Fun is what you make it and if fun for a Friday night is cooking, listening to music and spending time with those you love, I say go for it! Sounds fun to me! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. well congrats on stumbling over someone who perhaps is capable of loving…so many are not ready to receive such a gift. I’m told it happens just like that…when you least expect it! I would so love to find a love that “The Boss” sings of ~ If I Should Fall Behind ~ such a beautiful, poignant expression of life’s deepest longings and needs ~ to find that partner & friend, someone who will make this pact with us ~ sincerely, authentically, and keep true to one another throughout that journey, however long that journey may be. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend!

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