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The Night We Met

couple holding one another in dark space, love at first sight

You don’t know me
but your laugh is a melody
I recognize.
My heart is a lump in my throat—
like a singing sparrow—chest full,
gasping for breath at the sound
of your name.

We are but shifting bones and skin,
wandering eyes, afraid.
Yearning to hold on
while simultaneously conditioned
to let go.

Across the crowded space
your gaze finds solace
in me. And I intake my breath
slowly, carefully.

I have always been one to believe
in chances,
fleeting moments.
But this is not ‘love at first sight’—
this is meeting a stranger’s gaze
and recognizing

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️

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