Oh the smile, the first smile, our first smile.
How it felt then: to breathe in the fragrance of the lime tree,
To listen to the silence of the park- To look up at each other
suddenly and marvel until we break into a smile.
Rainer Maria Rilke
O Lächeln, erstes Lächeln, unser Lächeln.
Wie war das Eines: Duft der Linden atmen,
Parkstille hören –, plötzlich in einander
aufschaun und staunen bis heran ans Lächeln.
Rainer Maria Rilke
“Mummy, look the storks are back.”
The children ran towards them, as the family made a perfect landing in the backyard.
“I hope they stay for long this time.” Said the little one.
He raced her up the stairs and reached first.
They were panting and laughing on the way down arm in arm.
“I told you I was faster.” He said.
“I didn’t even try.” She replied with a smirk, looking up at his grey temple.
The best part of the relationship was the way they could look into each other and understand.
For once, words were superfluous.
“I will love you forever and I mean it” he had said. His sincerity scared her.
“Forever is so far away”, she had said. “Anything could happen, I could die now, today or tomorrow.”
“You need a beating”, he had said sternly like a father or a school master.
“I pray for you to live forever” read the message he sent her later that day.
Summer breezes. Butterflies. Ice creams.
Before you knew, it was winter.
Melodies were soon memories.
The one sought after was shunned.
Enya sang- “Who can say where the road goes, where the day flows, only time….
Who can say if your love grows, as your heart chose, only time”
The once loving glances were filled with disgust, shame, fear and hurt.
There is a time and season for everything under the sun.
“Where are you all going?” she cried after the storks as they took off in perfect V formation.
“To sunnier lands” they seemed to say.
“Will you be back next year?”
There was no answer.
The wind had blown it away….