the soft breeze caressed my cheek (work in progress)

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This story/poem is a work in progress. I started it earlier this year while reading "Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art" by Madeline L'Engle, but haven't quite worked out the kinks.

I've kept this mostly to myself but perfection is the enemy of good, so I'm submitting it here for your consideration.

I plan on turning this into an illustrated book for children.

the soft breeze caressed my cheek

I smiled and asked the breeze

Where did you come from?

the breeze smiled,

swirled around my face and whispered

I came from the crest of an ocean wave

Following the breeze, I found

the wave rolling mightily across the ocean

I said to the wave

You created the soft breeze that caressed my cheek, where did you come from?

the wave left forth a booming hearty laugh

I have traveled many miles across the sea

I was not always this grand or mighty

I began as a simple drop of water

A salty tear that fell from a young man’s face

It was not easy to find the young man

who was sitting quietly at the end

of the long pier

Sitting beside him I said:

A swirling breeze caressed my cheek,

it was brought to me by a mighty ocean wave.

Your tear made this wave,

where did it come from?

The young man smiled softly and said:

The tear came from a memory,

of someone I love dearly

who is no longer here.

I closed my eyes and held his hand.

Together we journeyed to the spring

where all memories begin.

I said to the spring:

A swirling breeze caressed my cheek,

it was brought to my by a mighty ocean wave.

A young man’s tear made this wave,

and came from his memory.

Where did it come from?

The spring groaned and it gurgled

so softly, so deep.

This memory comes from the source, you see.

It has no beginning nor end.

It is singular and infinite, there is no measure.

the memory danced playfully through the air

stopping between us

we were both drawn in, for the memory was ours



The formatting on the site isn't quite how I'd like it, here's how I have it broken up originally:

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