lived up to

there was no tv no radio nothing

in the place my friends had taken for the summer

no scene in the village nearby

so evenings we’d walk in the ancient vineyard

near Avignon southern France

she had questions to ask about my plans my future

& like any soft fool in love

I told her to stick with me we may not be rich

but I’d make life interesting

& I did my best to make all that true

but what I had regretfully

sadly singularly failed to do

was to extract similar promises

from her

which unfortunately

she certainly

lived up to