let's assume one foundational fact:
i love you. let's also assume
some other facts: know that you are
adored, appreciated, valued, cherished.
vocabulary sometimes fails me,
as i sometimes fail you in word & deed,
needing to place them in their right order --
visualizing their effect, how they might fill your heart with
light & hope & joy; how they change & yet remain.
in spite of it all -- my fumblings & oh, so feeble attempts,
earnest & well-intentioned, of varying success --
there is still this one incontrovertible fact: i love you.