Impressions in the sand


I breathe in the ocean air as it caresses my face
My lover shifts deepening her impression in this place
She is with me and I am with her that’s all I need to know
Our embrace is in the sand upon this ocean shore
Forever she is with me and I am with her
That’s all I need to know

We have stood up and now walk along this beach
Hand in hand we step slowly in each other’s reach
Leaving footsteps for others to admire
Our impressions in the sand as we never tire
Forever she is with me and I am with her
That’s all I need to know

As we have moved farther along this shore
We no longer hold hands though we are something more
Our hands are just full with the love of two others
They are too small to make footprints of their own
Forever they are with us and we are with them
That’s all I need to know

And as we take more steps on this beach
We let our two down but they stay within reach
They walk alongside us on the shore of time
Yet I no longer want them to follow behind
It would be better for them to make impressions alone
To follow their own journey back when they too are old
Forever they are with us and we are with them
That’s all I need to know

Further we go and every once in a while
I look back to see our first impression and smile
But as time moves on our impressions wash away
I can no longer see the one couple today
They are two people facing each other
They could have been friends rather than lovers
But I know better
I know better

As much as I wish that I could dwell here and stay
To watch the impressions wash away
I think I should continue on and follow my lover
For she is with me and I am with her
And that’s all I need to know

But when I turn back our two little ones are ahead
They have moved beyond us and we follow them
I look to my lover and she back at me
Her gentle smile is soothing
For she is with me and I am with her
And that’s all I need to know

We continue to watch our two move
Farther and farther they as they go
I can almost no longer see them
Their lives have their own momentum

Again I look to my lover
And she back at me
We are together forever
And that is all I need to know

And as my heart fills she turns
To walk into the sea
Which prompts me
To follow
For she is with me
And I with her
That’s all
I need
To know

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As time goes on, marriage seems to dwindle into a superficial feeling of some everlasting love, that so many think is supposed to stay within the confines of the "honeymoon" stage. And yet when it steers away, that means the marriage is no longer filled with love. But, as I have moved on with my wife, our relationship having nearly reached a decade old, I have noticed that our love has not dwindled as so many other think theirs does. It has simply changed, and though we have changed into different people, we are still deeply in love. We may no longer embrace each other, and we are not as intimate, but we understand each other like no one else does. We have faced so many things together that only we could possibly understand each other. She is no longer just someone that I love, but almost a part of me that I could never feel the same without. Without her, I would feel as though I had lost my arm. Sure, I could continue my life without her, but it would feel wrong, as though I were missing a very important part of me, that I simply can't get back. I've tried to capture that within this poem.