Along The River

BY VALENTYNA HOLLOWAY

Slowly knotting roses into my hair

as I sat in the sun when You quietly

slid behind me and put Your hand on my waist,

startling me, the sharp intake of breath because I

could feel You. I turned savouring the feeling of

Your hand sliding around my waist. It was the

light radiating from You ~ or was it the Sun ~ that

made me feel like I was experiencing Divinity.

The air bent and shaped around us as we started

to walk. Clouds moved in the sky and crepuscules of

light graced You in counterpoint as we walked ~ I

think they were jealous of the way You radiated.

You held my hand as we walked to the river, but You

were really holding my heart, lifting it in a tide of

emotion. A thousand sighs escaped my lips as we

stopped and watched the barge pass on the river.

Words wouldn’ form yet there was something about

the intimacy of standing hand in hand and heart in

heart entangled in each other. It was impossible to

deny the fire that was tearing through us. Straight

through us to the bone. Shared breathlessness leaving

my insides quaking like a cloud after a thunderstorm,

wrung dry until a rainbow bursts forth. Your hands

began to softly strum me like a lute.

Plucking the sweetest notes like a blue ocean at

midnight or a bird gently soaring in the sky. Notes of

a forgotten hymn of long ago soothing my fears and

turning my insides to wildfire at the same time. Your

gentle embrace. Your kiss. I was lost a thousand times

over with You reaching out as my guide every time I felt

the slightest feeling of falling over the precipice. You

peeled away my shy the moment our lips brushed

exposing the hidden soft inside me. Blood swollen and

rising in synchronous orbit of our hearts. Falling into

ecstasy. Falling into love. Falling into immorality.

Falling into the aftermath of carnal desires that

erupted from centuries of desire. And in the moment.

Connected. Worship. Communion of each other.

Engraved in the stardust we were created from.

I understood the mystical. The Divine.

The unexplained that God so deftly crafted in this universe.

And I knew ~ we would recognise each other through lifetimes.

That we had loved before. That we loved now.

And that we will always gravitate to each other.

In that moment touched by Heaven a thousand times over

the revelation that we had left our fingerprints on each other’s hearts.

That without each other there is something missing

~ but together ~

we are just right.

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