Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Being Happy

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Being Happy

Article excerpt

Of course it was doomed. I know that now,

but it ended so quickly, and I was young.

I hardly remember that summer in Seattle

except for her. The city seems just a rainy backdrop.

From the moment I first saw her at the office

I was hooked. I started visiting her floor.

I couldn't work unless I caught a glimpse of her.

Once we exchanged glances, but we never spoke.

Then at a party we found ourselves alone.

We started kissing and ended up in bed.

We talked all night. She claimed she had liked me

secretly for months. I wonder now if that was true.

Two weeks later her father had a heart attack.

While she was in Chicago, they shut down our division.

I was never one for writing letters.

On the phone we had less to say each time.

And that was it-just those two breathless weeks,

then years of mild regret and intermittent speculation. …

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