I had a sublime love once,
A love of salt and sea and skin
A love where every song was him
And poetry filled my heart.
I had a sublime lover once
One who gently brushed my cheek
With the back of his hand
And whose lips quivered
As he taught me who I could be.
I had a sublime marriage once,
One that had me dancing from room to room
And singing off key
To babes as beautiful as life.
I had a sublime friend once,
Who stood at my shoulder
With words of comfort
As we created home, and art, and family.
I had a sublime eternity once
With a statue in transcendent embrace
Watching over graves with the etched words,
Love was not meant to be just fine.
Love was meant to be one thing,
But all that was long ago.
(Photo of The Kiss by Auguste Rodin)
Laurie Woodward is the author of several novels including Forest Secrets, and the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles. She also cowrote Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet, and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes her novels on the Central Coast of California.