STAYING BEHIND

 

The party was boisterous

And loud

At the edge of the meadow

Along the wide well worn path

 

There was laughter

And voices in layers

A circling

With slow steady movement

Along the wide well worn path

 

Many colors

Digital numbers

Digital voices

And animated images

Rose from the crowd

 

He was smiling

His cheeks hurt

His eyes felt tired

As he tried to speak

 

No sound came

Others spoke to him

Faces in a window

Mouths moving

With great animated expression

But no sound

 

His steps slowed

And he glanced to the meadow

Serene and quiet

Oblivious to the clamor

 

Haltingly, his steps slowed more

And stopped

There was a sudden hush

And a circling

As all

Expressed great concern

With great animated expression

 

He felt the prods

The pushes from behind

As all pulled while gesturing and pointing

Down the wide well worn path

He resisted

 

Slowly they released him

Walking backwards and away

They pleaded with him

Please come

 

He could not

He stepped sideways into the knee-high grass

And felt his toes sink into the earth

A shadow of a bird

Passed in front of his feet

 

He heard the clamor move away

And fade into the wood

He was very much alone

He sunk to his knees

And sunk his hands into the earth

 

He wondered – what now?

He looked up and let the sun cover his face

He felt a presence and glanced across the meadow to the wood line

It was then he saw her

 

She had been watching all

Silence moved in and time froze

She stepped out into the sun

Dark hair blowing in the wind

 

Their eyes met

As a flood crashing, breaking and cleansing

He remembered all