When I First Saw You

Michael Cannon – When I first Saw You © 2015

I remember seeing you here,
and then I’d see you there,
then I’d find you in my dreams.
I saw I lacked the courage to introduce myself.

You the reluctant beauty,
I stood shoulder to shoulder
with all the other guys who thought you unapproachable.
Fearing to make their move.

I thought you’d not consider second best,
I thought I’d be a ghost to you.
I thought you’d not take heed of the likes of me.
That is when I first saw you.

Thinking you’d be amused,
expecting ridicule.
Firming my courage I approached the table where you gathered,
with some of your school friends.

So how was I to know when we were both seventeen that,
you’d assumed that you’d no female charms;
an awkward homely schoolgirl.
Just how wrong were you?

I thought you’d not consider second best,
I thought I’d be a ghost to you.
I thought you’d not take heed of who is me;
but I found I did not know you.

I had just the slightest notion
of your poetry in motion.
You returned my hello with a smile; believe me my heart faltered,
when you noticed me.

And now you’re standing here,
behind that microphone,
with your voice open for all to witness every talent you have.
Now I know you more.

Now I know you don’t think me second best.
I can’t believe I’m so close to you ‘
and now we both pay heed of who are we,
but I still recall when I first saw you.