young love

can we be in love
like besotted teenagers
on their first crush?
the long phone calls
and tongue-tied dates;
valentines day
and the love songs;
awkward caresses
and the blushes;
eyes meeting
and looking away;
the ache of parting,
the white knuckled waiting,
and the delirious joy of meeting.
can we be in love,
like besotted teenagers
on their first crush?
just once,
to know if we are alive.

© 2010 Padmavani Karkera

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