Love Pledged

This work is dedicated to my Nephew and Niece’s fourth wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary Bobby and Mary! Love Always.

Was it only yesterday
that I explored the depth of your
gaze? Or have a thousand
years passed since I gave
my heart away?

Loved ones seated,
quiet sniffles,
as a soft breeze cools
the nervousness upon our brows.

Gently, you brush a wayward
tendril that worked its way from
my hair ornament. I feel the heat rise
in my cheeks as your light touch
sets me aflame. My nervous smile is
reflected by one of your own.

Can it be? Can this all
be more than a dream? Are you
standing so strong and handsome
right here in front of me?

The love held firmly in your eyes tells
me that this is going to be. The words
you have pledged a thousand times before, you
will vow once more in front of
God and all the world.

Please let my legs hold me, he pleads as
he holds firmly onto his bride.
His heart is pounding so hard that he is sure it is audible
to all.

She loves me, she loves me and
I love her more than life itself. I
cannot believe she said yes, but
she did and now she is standing here
just there in front of me.
The brilliance of her beauty is
nearly blinding. I feel my
soul melting into hers as we
vow our eternal love.

Can I be…everything she needs me to be?
Can we be everything He needs us to be?
Will I be enough?
Will we be enough to stand the
tests that are sure to come?
Yes, our love will grow and
strengthen no matter
what lies in the future.

“I do”, she says confidently.
A smile broad and wide tells of her joy
as she quiets his fears with her pledge.

“I do”, he promises with his own joy-filled

She and He are now We,
two have become one
The very next step they take
upon their journey
will be
…as husband and wife.

An unstoppable team
regardless of strife, for
this love is pure and
comes but once in a Life.

An Answer to the Question (pt3)

An Answer to the Question
Tina Blackledge
June 14, 2014

They had always known their
time together would be short.
There are no illusions when two Autumns
meet and fall in love.
They found one through impossible
obstacles and neither was looking
for romantic love. Hence,
they were certain their meeting
was God ordained.

As they worked in the garden,
tending to the beautiful spring
blossoms, each caught the other
staring. Smiles of love and understanding
graced their worn countenance.

Every now and again, he would come up
behind her and embrace her. Whispering
sweet words of love. He drew long breaths
of her scent every time they were close as if
he was trying imprint every detail of her into
his being forever.

Ever since they had fallen in love, time seemed to
disobey the laws of nature speeding
through their lives like rushing water over rapids.
After the diagnoses, time had stopped, for they refused to count the
days or hours they may or may not have left.
They only wanted to enjoy each other and the
pure happiness they had been given. Her husband demanded they
not give any time to regret or wishing for something
that could not be, for that would only make the
days, weeks, years they had left unbearable. No his wife fully
agreed. No mourning, for neither was dead so they must live
each day as if it was a lifetime in and of itself. Even before the illness,
They had devoted themselves to living life that way, for both
were living in broken shells and no one knew how much time they
would be given so they vowed to make the most of it.

Two people could never have loved as fiercely
and completely as these two lovers. They knew what was
important in their relationship. They fully understood where
the priorities of life should be; therefore, there was no
need to waste time on trivialities. Things most
couples would dwell upon and allow to
ruin their happiness or worse, intrude on their love.

Just then she heard him move to her
then felt his strong loving arms around her and
she leaned into his strength.
“My sweet darling, you are beauty itself,” he whispered softly.
She loved when he touched her, for he ignited every cell in her body.
He was so loving and generous in spirit to her that she
fell in love with anew every day. She did not deserve his
devoted love but she relished and craved it beyond the
very air she breathed. Her heart broke for him, for she
saw the suffering in his eyes. Secretly, she was glad
it would be her who was first to leave her broken body behind.
She could not bear him dying before her but her heart did break for his
loss. She wished they had more time but they did not so they had to
make every moment count.

“Dearheart, may I ask you, why me? Why did you
choose to love me?” I posed. “I am nothing. I
possess no beauty. I possess only sickness and a
broken body. How could you choose to love me above
all others?” I continued. His nuzzling of my ear stopped
abruptly. His body stiffened and I knew I had wounded him
with my questions. To my surprise, he spun me around to face
his piercing stare making the flowerpot I was holding drop and shatter.
“How do you not know by now how madly I love you?” he said with
tears in his eyes. Seeing the hurt I had caused made me feel
instantly remorseful for the careless words I had uttered.

I averted my eyes, for I could not bear seeing the pain I had caused him.

Yet, he would not allow it and gently but firmly, turned my head to meet his gaze again.
Love and adoration had replaced the hurt I had just seen causing tears to sting my eyes.

“Beloved, if I had but one word to describe beauty, I would use it to speak your name.
Your soul shines so brightly to all those around you that everything else pales in
comparison. As you have said many times, these broken bodies of ours hold
no meaning. Their only purpose is to be a vessel for the soul and they have fulfilled
this task greatly. It is our souls that found one another; it is our souls that joined. Death cannot
separate us, for the spirit never dies.” he said with great authority.
I knew his words were true and felt deep regret that I was careless with my own. I brushed
my lips against his then captured one then the other until our passion grew.

Laying in bed, embracing one anothers love they
loved each other, held each other, until sleep finally
knocked. Their lovemaking was always extraordinary, but this was truly
magnificent and fulfilling for both of them. Her husband gathered her
tightly in his embrace and she snuggled into his chest where the beat of
his heart lulled her into a deep steady sleep. He watched her sleep for
as long as he could keep his eyes open. Finally, he succumb to exhaustion
falling fast asleep.

This was their last night together but they
did not know it.
This was their final lovemaking but they
did not know it.
This was the last time he would hold her in his arms
but he did not know it.
So they enjoyed each other thoroughly,
loved each other, shared in each other’s delights, confessed all
their love to one another as if this was their final moment together as they always did.
Love cannot be bound by human finite parameters. Love
is eternal, love is enduring, Love is steadfast and love is wisdom
if you have found your soul mate.


A Question…pt1

A Question…

Trembling over takes him,
he falls upon his knees
gripping her hand gently.

Looking into her eyes.
He gains confidence over his fears
through the love he sees reflected there.

All time has stopped
as if waiting for this one monumental
event, which both know will change everything.

“Dearheart…” he begins with confidence.
“Happiness, joy and love were mere words,
just vague and unattainable ideas before,
God sent you into my life.”

Her tears cascaded freely down her burning
cheeks but she could not tear her gaze from his. She
was his and she knew life could not exist without him.

“My dearest, you loved me when my heart was hardened. I
pinch myself everyday just to make sure this isn’t some
wonderfully surreal dream. I actively pushed love away, for I
knew that I did not deserve it.”, he confessed.

She wanted to scoop him up in her protective arms and
reassure him of her love and her willingness to give
to him all she had and more
but knew she must allow him to speak his heart.

“I am still awestruck…completely befuddled at how you
managed to get past all my walls of protection!” his voice full of
Awe and respect. His look of devotion and love nearly sent a new wave
of tears down her face but she gathered strength from his own.

“Daily, I discover myself through your eyes because that is
the person I want to be. Your lovely smile brightens my day
and the thought of you drives me to distraction. My life will never
be the same after this moment.”, his voice deep with emotion.

“Will you allow me to protect you?
Will you permit me to share your pain?
Will you give me the supreme honor of
lending you the strength you need?
Will you accept that I will need to lean on
your love and strength at times?
Will you allow only my love to pleasure you,
forsaking all others while there is breath in my body?
Will you be willing to meet me in
paradise when the moment comes?
And finally, will you consent to
giving me the right to call you my… wife?”

Her emotions overwhelmed her now
and she joined her lover upon her knees.
Their eyes never left one another. His emotions were
standing at the cusp of pure joy and utter despair as he
awaited her response.

“Do you not know, my sweet darling man…?
Do you not yet understand…?
Every breath I take is you. You
are the reason I open my eyes, you
are happiness, you are love, you are my life.
I would be honored to call you… husband.” she
whispered to him, for her voice was weak with emotions.

He gently cupped her face drawing her to him
until they were inches from one another. His eyes fixed upon
her lips but looking back to her he asked, “May I…?”
She smiled so broadly that her eyes shone their delight.
“Yes please, my dearheart.” she permitted.

He slowly brushed his lips to hers then infused the kiss
with all the mixed up emotions
this night had wrung from him.
She returned his
love with all due vigor and in it the promise was made.