standing so far away
waiting for your eyes to see
but only a blank stare pierces me
please..don’t let the wall raised around my soul fail..me
please..don’t let me fall any deeper under the spell that is..you
my lips quiver
my pen drops
another love letter you’ll never read
another piece of myself i’ll never send
if only you knew how i silently call out to you
my heart trembles
steeling myself against your icy touch
awaiting a warm kiss i will never feel
fighting, for one more pulse of life
crying, for one last chance at love
“Theseus…Stop.” Phaedra held her hand up, as if that one gesture alone had the power to make him halt his retreating footsteps. As if by will alone, she could somehow undo his stubbornness.
When his thudding steps, clad in heavy leather sandals, would not pause but continued onward toward his fate…his inevitable doom, she called out to him once more.
“Please,” she whispered on the heels of a raspy breath that made her lungs ache.
He stopped, but refused to turn toward her. It pained her to part with him under such terrible conditions. No husband and wife should ever separate on the wake of a turbulent disagreement. All she sought was to save his life. To keep him living…breathing…walking…existing upon this earth with her, if only for one more day. Had she been able to convince him to forestall the start of his campaign for one more night of blistering love making, one more day of heated kisses…perhaps she would be able to erase the notion of marching into certain death from his mind completely. She nearly laughed. Her mighty champion would never abandon his honor or forsake his duties…not even for her…not even for their unborn child, still nestling in its mother’s warm womb. The man Phaedra had chosen to wed, had given her heart and even her soul to, would give every drop of his warrior’s blood, even his very life, if it would save his people from slavery and annihilation.
The Storm. Pierre Auguste Cot. 1880. Thought to be an artistic interpretation of Daphnis and Chloe by Longus . Currently on Display at Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.