Thursday Inspiration 64 — Love’s Lake

Couple sitting by a stream
Image credit to Happy Color.

Each time when the sun shines so
As it strikes every leaf with a glow
It’s then that I head for our place
By the willow on the shore of love’s lake

The wind has to blow just right
Rippling water shimmers with light
Where we held each other’s eyes
Two souls under dappled skies

I sighed when you took my hand
From now on I’m your only man.”
Can it be it has come to pass?
I’ll be your only lass.

All June we made love by the lake
We swam, its cool depths to take
We basked on a blanket and slept
Til the crows woke us up and we left

In July things couldn’t have been better
When your mom said you had a letter
Selected to be trained to go kill
Our two hearts beat so loud then stilled

Wait for me, my love, I’ll return.
Please don’t go!” my stomach churned.
I’ll never forget the look on your face
As you boarded the plane that day

No time for a visit before shipping out
Letters ill-suited to banishing doubt
You swore in each one you were fine
Far away from the enemy line

In June came a knock at my door
Your brother’s face all red, eyes more
“He’s gone, Lily, shot in the head.”
Right then I wished I was dead.

I know you’re still out there somewhere
Years pass and I wait in my dreams for you there
When the sun shines so, every leaf with a glow
By the willow, at the shore of love’s lake.

Paula Light is the host of Thursday Inspiration.  Paula says:
This week’s theme is summer and the picture is [above.]  Here is the song snippet from “Suddenly Last Summer,” a 1983 song from the Motels.

It happened one summer, it happened one time
It happened forever, for a short time
A place for a moment, an end to a dream
Forever I loved you, forever it seemed

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    This is such a beautifully written poem/ story. My heart breaks for the two lovers.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Mine too, Sadje 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  2. It only takes an instant, during wartime to change people’s lives permanently

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Heartbreakingly beautiful, Li

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. So very sweet but poignant!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Punam.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. memadtwo says:

    Too many dreams sundered by war. (K)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Sorry, Len. The spirit overcame me when I saw them there by the water.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Paula Light says:

    Beautiful poem 😢❤️

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Paula.

      Liked by 1 person

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