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Love Stories

I reached down and took your hand...

PoetryGuest Writer
Love Poems for Valentines Day

Two Step

by Benjamin Weinberg

We’re all so busy now
Calendars and inboxes
Clamoring
So connected, linked in,
with an app for every need and
Coordinates for every location,

We have so many ways now
To say so little.

Our landscapes are
Stained reminders
of choices we might have made
stuck to fridge doors
others free float on idle desktop screens
reminding us of where we might be
but some are alive in memory
the other connection

The winter you were two
we were alone,
just us three on the island.

All the houses shuttered tight
blank and empty.

In the snow only our tracks
to the barn
to the woodpile
to the shore and back.

That afternoon we walked through the empty village
Hats pulled down tight
So even the step and crunch of our booted feet
Seemed to echo from far away.

The gulls already hunkered down along the shore.
The crows gone silent deep in their forest gloom.

The last boats already run home
hurrying for the glimmer of the harbor.

At the top of the hill we stopped
to look down across fields
crusted and white with last week's snow
and followed the two lines of footprints
that twisted and wound,
wandering to where we stood.

Just us.

Two figures
one short
one tall.

Above us the light drained
from the darkening sky.

Just a streak remained
just a crack between air and sea
while all around
the coarse snow let go
the light it held
in a soft pale sigh.

The wind dropped out
and the long mutter and chatter of wave on stone
the restless creak of
leaning trees
all hushed now
and there
at the top of the hill
lifted up under the great arch of sky

I reached down
and took your hand again.


BENJAMIN WEINBERG | Writer, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker. South Africa, Maine, Madrid. Read more of his writings and connect with him on Medium.


Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Are happy endings really real?

Learning to Love Yourself, Life LessonsChloë Rain
Are happy endings really real?

Sometimes, happy endings look like sharing laughs over a warm bowl of oatmeal with your lover.  

For the moment, things are simple and you've grated fresh nutmeg over the top of the light brown and soft oats.

You and your lover debate whether maple syrup should go in the refrigerator and you admit that you don't put peanut butter in the refrigerator even though it says you should on the label.

You're laughing and looking into each other's eyes as you speak, there's such a comfort in these moments that you want time to slow... to slow almost to a pause.

Because in these moments eating warm oatmeal with fresh nutmeg and laughing with your lover, you feel good in your body, you feel safe, you feel happy, almost content.

For these moments nothing is more real than your shared laughter. And all the heartache you experienced before, all the loss, the complete and utter gutting out of the person you always thought you were. Now, to be sitting empty across from your lover laughing, you realize you'd lose it all over again.

You'd go through every pain of losing yourself, of being broken open, of not knowing who you are anymore, of being cleaned out to the point that the shell of who you were fell away, you disintegrated like ash in a puff of the wind. The You, you once were fell into nothingness like droplets into a vast ocean.  And over a bowl of oatmeal, sweetened with laughter and maple syrup, You are whole again. But more full and light than you ever knew before.

This is what happy endings look like, laughing with your lover over a bowl of oatmeal and wanting time to stand still in the moment of contentment.  

And as the comfort of the moment holds you in warmth like a loved child, you realize this is not a happy ending at all.

Maybe, this is only the beginning.

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!