Wednesday, February 22, 2012


she offers him unlimited love—no strings attached     
she has no hidden agenda     
she’s guileless as she wades into the water     
unaware of currents that will toss her aside or pull her under     
instinctively, she fights against the undertow     
taps into her endless energy as she swims toward the farthest shore     
drawing him with her in her wake     
offering him firmer footing on the opposite bank     

Resourceful and resolute     
she opens her heart to him—believes in him     
she focuses on their life together     
she’s naïve as they begin to build a bridge     
believing they’ll be met half way, linking and reconnecting     
but flash flooding upstream destroys their efforts     
ripping away the incomplete structure, tearing away their progress     
sapping her strength and snapping his ties     
they cling together on the distant shore     

Unwavering and understanding     
she stands with him—unites her life with his     
she trusts his constancy     
she’s accepting of his assurances of calmer water ahead     
hope persuades her to test the river again     
but rapids downstream leave her cut and bruised     
cultivating a cynical disbelief in ever reaching the other side     
withdrawing protectively back to the river’s edge, she stands     
turning her back to the other shore forever     

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman

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