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Ten Years

I was terrified. I had been chatting online with a guy I met through posting my intro to the Bears Mailing List for the past three months. We progressed from e-mail to AOL chat to phone calls, but had never exchanged photos. Now this guy was driving up to Albany from Stamford CT to spend the weekend in my guest room and meet me in person.

The pecan pie was cooling on the counter. The salad was made. The jambalaya was in the oven, filling the house with Cajun goodness. The doorbell rang. I ran to the door in an apron.

Standing there was the man. Looking up shyly at me, he said hi. I let him in. The rest, as they say, is history.

Several months later, lying on the sofa in my study, I struggled with expressing my feelings in a new way. Never much of a poet, I still had to write it out. I gave it to him at Christmas. It's kinda corny, but that's the way I am.



Ode to Steve

The turning leaves had just begun their fall
And autumn sunlight slowly changed in hue
Converting soon to winter's dreary pall
When shortening days and snowflakes would ensue

Out of the season you came, bearing light,
Warmth, happiness and eagerness to know
If electronic friendship seeming right
Into a deeper fellowship could grow.

My first response was thankfulness and joy
That such another saw potential there;
And as we shared together, grew less coy,
A soulmate was discovered, wrapped as bear.

When time arrived for us to move to part,
With promises to soon rejoin and see
If this resounding of each other's heart
The founding of a greater bond would be,

My soul could not contain its joyful song;
A love proclaimed so soon, and chanced but real.
Affirmed with like response and bearhugs long;
And parting, to anticipate with zeal.

Eau de Steve

The scents that bring to mind your ambience
Of musky sandalwood, aromas rare
That stir in me unfathomed sensual wants;
I love this incense best: essence of bear.

O, da Steve!

How can mere words express my love for you
When every chamber of my heart is filled?
My verbiage fails, and all that I can do
Is rest within your arms till I am stilled.

A childlike wonder, joy and playfulness
Strong masculinity maturely steered;
Creative intellect, superb finesse;
Deep sensitivity clad in a beard.

By spending time consorting we impart
The healing union making lovers whole;
With glad discovery we forge one heart
In exploration of each other's soul.

My bear and I together are as one;
And to him would I gladly give my troth
When time proves right and warmthless days are done
Our love akin to flame, igniting both.

And even as our earthbound journey goes
No matter in the paths our fates may lie;
One thing I hope and pray my sweet bear knows
O Steve, my love for you will never die.



I love you so much, Bear. Happy anniversary!

Comments

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michaelnolan
Sep. 16th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, guys. You made me all weepy.
orange_groves
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
This is why I feel so blessed that you both are friends of mine. You have more romance than soap operas, but you have .000001% of the drama of a soap opera.

Happy Anniversary!!
backawayslowly
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
omg. this post ROCKS! congrats guys!
poohbearjim
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
What a wonderful post. I hadn't realized that your and our anniversaries are only one week apart (but you've been together a year longer than us).

Congratulations!
bigreddee
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
That was beautiful. You're both lucky guys. Congratulations, hugs, and love.
tbone1961
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to both. And what a great post to celebrate that special time between the two of you. Stories like this, that gay love can exist and stand the test of time, not to mention society, gives the rest of us hope for the future. Thanks for sharing your lives with us!!
jarlsberg71
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
Too bad you weren't able to come to the lunch in Albany where I met them ;)
jarlsberg71
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
Wow! congrats to some really great and woofy bears! you guys deserve all the happiness that comes your way!
handlebear
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
Congratulations and may you be blessed with many more.
ricksf
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
Happy Happy
Congratulations and the happiest of anniversaries to you both. You're an anazing couple, you know.
orange_groves
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Happy
They're amazing too.

WHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
orange_groves
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Happy
Is it anaz or anaze....is it a verb?
ricksf
Sep. 16th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Happy
Well, fine, being a picky bitch, oh Melamina, Empress of Semi-Darkness!

Jack and Steve are pretty damn amazing too! Congrats again guys!
rootbeer1
Sep. 16th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
::blush::
michael_arnold
Sep. 16th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations to both of you! It is really obvious the sparks that still fly between you - like newlyweds. I'm sure the next 10 years will be just as exciting as the last. I really feel blessed to have had the chance to meet you this year. Have a great time celebrating!!
animbear
Sep. 16th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary guys! You were meant to be together - that's special and rare.

*Hugs*
qbear
Sep. 16th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)
Well, you guys are too!!!

Thanks, honey. {{{{{{{{}}}}}}}}
redbeardedblond
Sep. 17th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
Thank you and so many hugs and loves and amazing wonderfulness to you two.
mindplay
Sep. 16th, 2004 09:15 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary
It's always great to hear about long term relationship success! I wish you many more years of love and happiness together.
cowboygreg
Sep. 16th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary! What a great post... *sniff*
sftekbear
Sep. 16th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!!
scottbear2000
Sep. 16th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, and congratulations on 10 years!!!!

XOXOXO
quirkstreet
Sep. 16th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Just when I think you two are as adorable and sweet as they come, one or both of you does something that ups the "wonderful" quotient another couple of notches. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!
abearius
Sep. 16th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your long and fulfilling relationship! Those are very sweet verses. I'm always impressed by people who can write metered verse and make it sound good, too!
dr_scott
Sep. 16th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
A charming ode
to love that lasts,
exemplars of
love holding fast;
lucky men.

Happy anniversary, guys!
hugh_mannity
Sep. 16th, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations.

May the next ten be as good as these. Or better.
keanubear
Sep. 16th, 2004 11:27 am (UTC)
You guys are my heroes!
beastbriskett
Sep. 16th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
Warm, happy hugs on your 10th!
And wishes for many a decade to come!

You guys give me somethign to aspire to.
excessor
Sep. 16th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary, with warm wishes for many more!
rampagebear
Sep. 16th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversery you two.
castrowoof
Sep. 17th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!!
beingmee67
Sep. 17th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
You are such great fun together. That IS rare. And a joy to share with others... :-)
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