Our Last Walk Together
Mired in the heat of the summer
and the weight of regret I startled awake
It was daylight
and you were waiting at my side
You insisted upon watching me sleep
believing that I wouldn't try to slip away with you there
Your strength has carried me more than once
when my will alone was not enough
Holding my hand, your cheek brushing mine, you whispered
"There's still some life left in this day"
"Let's take a walk"
Reluctant yet fully trusting
I had to shield my eyes at first
I had not been out in days
We walked east
the low slung sun at our backs
Our shadows lay stretched out before us
reaching to the edge of the world
The colors of the late evening danced upon the breeze
sparkling and glistening, vibrant and joyous
like children with a new song in their hearts
The transition from tree to ground contained laughter
from horizon to sky a melody
from a lullaby long forgotten
Radiant and transcendent
we glided through the light
We strolled a little further
blissful in our ignorance
of the fragility of time
When in the moment
it hangs in the air
the universe standing still
at the whim of but a single mind
Serenity should not be so easy to lose
given that it is so difficult to reach
I find it so often in your company
so simple it seems to be
in the presence of such grace
All at once the song fell silent
the life drained from the colors
the shadows bled away into the ground
The world had become mute
We turned to look
to find a peculiar sight
a solitary cloud had formed
in our beginning sunset sky
It covered the sun
and silence covered the land
"We should turn back" you said
Again I agreed
Walking into our muted sunset now
I held up my hand to pause
Reluctantly yet fully trusting
I gazed around slowly
recognition creeping onto my face
I had been here before
this muted place
I recognized the silence
I recognized the calm
I recognized the balance
There were no shadows
light and dark had become one
I turned to you and spoke
for the first time in many years
"I know this place..."
"I have felt it before"
"The first time I touched your face"
"Our first kiss"
"Our first night under the stars"
"All of those moments we shared where..."
" ...where the world came to rest"
"They happened here... in the silence"
"at the place where darkness and light meld"
"as one in the balance"
Gently, lovingly, gracefully
We continued our journey home
content to walk into our future together
whatever that may be
When that cloud gave us a special gift
one last look at the sun
one last look at the colors
one last verse of the song
one last glimpse at our shadows
now falling on our journey passed
one last memory as we walk
hand in hand
from day into night