What we like to do is go up late in the afternoon. When the heat of the day has crested and the air is beginning to cool. We throw a blanket down as everyone else is beginning to think of heading towards the exits. We swim...read...nap...eat a sandwich...maybe get a soft-serve ice cream cone...watch the sun disappear over the horizon. Then, we head for home...and watch the lightning bugs out in the fields as we make our way east and south.
We were there this afternoon. And that time produced the following few verses.
As Sun Approaches Water.
There is a sandbar fifty yards or so offshore.
No doubt the sand has shifted, moved in or out, north or south,
But the sandbar has been there since
I can remember.
The lake bottom slopes down
Until I am barely able to touch,
But toes keep contact with sand and as water laps at my chin
I feel the sandbar beneath my feet and I am half out of water.
There are days when the bottom slopes down
Until we are barely able to touch,
But we keep moving through water that seems too deep
Until there is something sold beneath our feet and we are half out of water.
Slipping deeper into the water
I think of life,
Touching the sandbar that seems solid enough
I think of God and faith as the promise of things unseen.
It seems preposterous.
Embarassing to admit.
I stood at the Dunes.
And kissed a girl.
A kiss whose sweetness still lingers.
And I thought our kiss was a private thing.
I was eager.
Not believing my good fortune.
That a girl so lovely
Would allow me to be so close.
Somehow I thought
That the sand and wild grass
Would shelter us from other eyes
A sanctuary within a sanctuary, if you will.
Now I look around
And realize how open and public
Our moment of tenderness and timid passion
Modest piles of sand and wispy
Grass did not afford us the protection
We assumed God had provided
But our reaching out to one another was too visible.
Love is something we often think
Is easily hidden from the eyes of others,
But the truth is love is visible to all
Despite our belief in the sheltering power of sand and grass.