You crossed my path by chance
As you thrust pretend sword into pretend foe.
Soon becoming best friend and confidant
With whom I played and joked.
From child to adult you grew beside me
While moving from place to place
You learned from our guardians
Knowledge and skills you used to keep me safe.
From dreams of adventures to dreams of love,
You found yourself in a quagmire
As I continued along oblivious
To your developing desire.
Too late did I realize
The gift you would have given.
For when I realized I loved you, too