We don’t look as young

as we used to

except in dim light

especially in

the soft warmth of candlelight

when we say

in all sincerity

You’re so cute

and

You’re my cutie.

Imagine

two old people

behaving like this.

It’s enough

to make you happy.

Reprinted with permission from “Collected Poems” (Coffee House Press, 2013). © 2013 by Ron Padgett