Three hundred years ago, Eric had been a Narwhale and Imani had been a pike. They had fallen in love, but could not get married because he was in the ocean and she was in the lake. Two hundred and thirty years ago, Eric had been a pigeon, and Imani had been a falcon, and they had fallen in love, but only after Imani had knocked Eric out of the sky and snapped his pigeon neck, so they didn’t get married then either. One hundred and fifty years ago, Eric had been a tortoise on the West Coast, and Imani had been a turtle on the East Coast, and though they started walking towards each other just as soon as they fell in love it took them too long to cover the ground, and they both died of old age just as soon as they laid eyes on each other. Eighty years ago, Eric was a bee, and Imani was a flowering dogwood, but Imani had no finger on which Eric could put a ring, and they could not be married then either. But then, three years ago, Eric was a man, and Imani was a woman, and they met, and neither died of old age or falconry, and when Eric got down on one knee and proposed, Imani didn’t say yes, she said “Finally,” and then she kissed him and the world was made right.
Written on 10/17/15 for a recently-engaged woman.
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