I could love you for hours (draft)

12 Feb

Hours, minutes, days, years

we’ve counted, and not counted our time together not

tied it up, nailed it down, but 9 years you’ll remind me

9 years since we were so drunk the absinthe didn’t taste bad 9 years

9 years since we were so young and running, tearing away from a tomorrow which

glistening, scared us wide eyed in the woods.

I loved you like a girl then.

I loved you with a terror, a fervour-I would have chanted your name until

incense fell from my lips, my skin quaking for you, street lights covering our bodies in the windows of that whitest of white homes, barren walls.

Hours, minutes, days, weeks change us, reshape us

we pick at the clay we hand our daughters and mold ourselves

images not so delicate, not so innocent.

I know you now. Your socks lying always on your side of the floor, folded once catch my eye.

Your piles, your need for order.

Your face growing ever so slightly older, the wisdom time etches into your hands. My body knows all of these things, and wears them like old shirts worn soft over the years.

I can close my eyes and trace your face in front of me, the broken black stubble, kind guarded eyes, brown as the rich earth we’ll plant tomatoes in this year.  I can feel your breath all the way from here.

I love you as a woman now, as a mother, as a friend. I long to sit together, our children dancing, singing, floating on air, creatures of us and from us. Creatures borne of us.

Hours, minutes, days, weeks, years will take us farther from this place.

I just want to sit and stare at it all.

9 Responses to “I could love you for hours (draft)”

  1. misspudding February 12, 2007 at 8:09 pm #

    Awwww…so pretty. 🙂

  2. Magdalena February 12, 2007 at 9:14 pm #

    This is so very good; I can hear these words being read aloud even though I don’t know what your voice sounds like. 🙂
    If this doesn’t get you some Valentine’s day action, I don’t know what would! :lol

  3. Schadenfreude February 12, 2007 at 11:32 pm #

    Very nice.

  4. puddlejumper February 13, 2007 at 1:30 am #

    That HAS to be his valentine’s present. Who could resist?

    Thankyou for sharing something so beautiful and personal and giving us married folks hope that it is worth it.

    x

  5. thordora February 13, 2007 at 9:14 am #

    It’s certainly far from being done, and is, in part, his gift, when it’s done. (Not like he’ll care or anything) 😛

    I’m trying to write everyday somewhere, something to get back in the saddle with it now that I’m relatively level.

    Marriage is worth it. he drives me absolutely nuts sometimes, but he also makes me love him more and more each day. it’s funny that way.

  6. jkdufair February 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm #

    God damn I love your writing, Thor. And I agree – marriage is the hardest best thing in life. There were times when I couldn’t believe I married Anna because we were so mismatched. But it was so worth it. And I’d do it again, even now.

    I hope you and the Dorf have a very long, very happy marriage. He’s a lucky man.

  7. Heather February 15, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Gosh, I used to write for Kerwin on special days.

    Maybe I should get back into doing it.

    I know it’s a draft, but me likey.

  8. thordora February 16, 2007 at 9:21 am #

    He liked it, but said he didn’t get it. He’s just not set up for metaphor or something.

    I’m still tweaking it, which means I’ll forever be tweaking it.

  9. Suresh Gundappa February 16, 2007 at 12:36 pm #

    The best valentine Post! Romantic and Hearty!

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