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The Surprise

When I was looking the other way,

and concentrating on the job in hand,

love came up behind me

and put her hand upon my shoulder

and ran her fingers through my hair.

‘Now is that fair?’ I asked.

‘Is that allowed?’

‘I make the rules,’ she said and smiled.

‘I come when I decide,

 plan your projects as you will.’

And then I, both shocked and shaken,

turned from the course that I had taken,

I put aside the current work,

and loved as deep as I knew how.

Then in return love gave to me

much more than I can say,

the best of life,  

with work and rest to fill each hour,

and happy wakening,

day after day.