Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Marriage: An Intricate Puzzle, Part 2

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."
  - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Yesterday I spoke of the Intricate Puzzle that is marriage. Today, I am spending the day with my husband trying to get our outside areas somewhat organized so that we can better enjoy the summer months with our family and friends in the fresh air. And so, I share with you another poem.


This is a piece I wrote for, and gave to, my husband as an anniversary gift a few years back. Marriage is not only a puzzle, but rolls like the sea...

Lullaby of the Sea
(for Rob)

Rolling waters
crashing on sanded shore.
Tiny grains of glistening smooth.
Separate but always moving as if one.
In and out.
In and out.

It made me seasick yesterday.
But now it rocks me gently,
soothing me into Slumber.
Back and forth.
Back and forth.

Clouds darken the day
as thoughts bring stark light
to my night,
it's my fright
that makes me search for
comfort in the storm.
The waves move.
Up and down.
Up and down.

he reaches out...I hover.
I reach out...he runs for cover.

And then a piercing "crash"!
Sand bursting
into the skies,
into our eyes.

We're blinded.

Then the final tidal wave flushed them clear
and I see something in the distance.

From the sky reaches out a hand.
Then another.

I melt into the embrace,
my tears mixing with the salty shore.
The beach is again one flat, sparkling sheet
of soft, beautiful...


The tiny waves now sound like whispers
that remind me of a love song
I know I've heard before.

Tidal waves will surely come again
but this lullaby will serenade us both to sleep:

"Good night my love
I will hold you close
As we move...
In and out.
Back and forth.
Up and down.
Together, on the sand by the sea."

                 By: Lora Rossi



Suggested Reading

Marriage: An Intricate Puzzle


  1. Lovely poem, heartfelt and real. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hauntingly beautiful. You are an amazing poet.