The One and Only                                              

            Whenever a potential
            One and only
            Appeared on the horizon,
            Glowed in the dark,
            Walked across the stage,
            Stepped up to the plate or
            Wandered into view
            I moved a few steps back
            The better to appraise
            To do due diligence, however,
            Took so much time and
            Angling for a comprehensive look
            That she invariably withdrew
            Before a verdict could be reached
            Compelling me, moreover,
            With another one and only
            To begin anew


            Emanuel E. García, The Virtues of Calamity, One Hundred Poems2013

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