Someday I Will Love You, Fisher Sexton
after Frank O’Hara/Roger Reeves/Ocean Vuong/Albert Abonado
by John Fisher Sexton
Someday I will lie under our sycamore
with the sun goldening my face,
its leaves will drift over the pond
in the cow pasture and rest
gently on a mirror of October sky.
Ripples will lilt to the water’s edge, fade into
the muddy bank. Fall’s colors
will melt in the shallow pool
and then I will love you. I will love you more
than I loved my grandfather’s cows or the tickle
of grass on my thighs—
all the things that taught me love.
I promise that I will love you
someday, Fisher Sexton,
but that is not today
and I cannot promise when it comes.
John Fisher Sexton is an East Tennessee native, studying at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a focus in English creative writing. His work often centers around themes of nostalgia, love and loss. Prior to Covid-19, he performed with his band, Peach Fuzz, in the Knoxville area.