She held me softly…..
It was an embrace so soft it felt as if
My skin was being stroked with the finest of silk
My tired limbs slowly succumbed to the
Support of her body…
I was safe…secure….
And at that moment in time I knew I could let
All of my walls come crashing down
As she slowly began to rock me
Ever so gently….back and forth
I felt as secure as a newborn in its mothers arms
There was no need to put up any defenses
Like a lioness protecting her cub
Her devotion was never stronger…
As she quietly surveyed the damage
That my body and soul had endured
She began to ever so softly stroke my hair
And with the voice of an angel started to sing
The most soothing and melodic melodies
With unspoken words she began the process
Of giving me the strength to take that first step once again
Her gaze never wavered from mine as she transfused
Life….hope…and faith into my torn heart and soul
Our energies merging …my weakness feeding off
Of her unending strength and compassion
Through the night this process continued
Until at morning’s first light I began to come out of
The fog and haze that had engulfed me
She ran a bath of the most tempid of water
And reclined my body to hers as we floated
Uninhibited, free, united….reborn
Time seemed to stand still as I softly cried
Suddenly the cries became the most haunting screams
As my body began to purge all of the poison my body had breathed…
I felt like I was in a battle for my sanity…my soul
My body contorted violently, and my voice became horse as
This process of cleansing went on for hours
Never once did she let go of me
I could feel through her embrace all the reassurance that I needed
I knew how tired she must have been
How drained she must have felt, as she had given
The greatest majority of her resources to me
After what seemed like hours my body so exhausted
Drifted into the deepest slumber
When I awoke she was ever so gently drying off our bodies
And draining the water from the bath
I knew that the journey back was just the beginning
But that first step…the hardest step…
Had been taken together…..


Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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