He tried swooping her off her feet,
like they do in all the movies.
But swooping isn’t easy, so it turned into
more of a stumble.
Like he tried to lift, but didn’t put his back into it,
or like her dress got stuck on the handle of the dresser.
Like he hesitated a second too long,
or like she made herself heavy, a child threatened with bed time.
But he tried and tried again.
Until his arms, his back, his legs turned sore,
before she got a better idea.