Stephenson Family Ties The Barn Burnt Down
And Now I See The Moon

Day 3

Prince Charming fished the girl ashore,
The fairies yelled, "Enough! No More!!!"
They fluttered 'round him, feeling frantic,
"How can you be so unromantic?"
"She wont have ever-after bliss
until you wake her with a ....
from: Waking Beauty
by: Leah Wilcox

*Now let us move eastward to Eden
I cite the voice of an unknown man for a scene that is somehow unforgettable.

It was an anniversary banquet. A four generation family gathered to honor their silvery grandfather and his sweet-heart.  It seems to me it was their sixtieth, but, as you will see, it doesnt matter which.  This slight, hallowed woman sat, very close, I thought, to her husband.  He was an oak, 81, and his body had the measuring lines and circles of his long, hard pull.  You would say he was an ugly old fellow, except for the clearness of his eyes.  He stood and made some comment about the flamboyant way love is advertised these days.  Then he said,
"When I was a boy, it thrilled me just to touch Lucy's arm."

He turned, smiled in her lifted face and said, most softly, "And it still does."

So far we have illustrated one provable point:  Whatever it isnt, one thing love surely is--a matter of life and death.

*more by Truman Madsen

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