As One

by Kristina Woodhill

I peered into a tiny world
And smiled in at the he and she,
She leaning gently into he
As one they strolled this watercolored park

Soft rounded trees with pastel leaves
Some sentinalis evergreens
Gave contrast and sweet privacy
To lovers in this simple moonlit dark

I shopped the art, for gifts perhaps
My man waved from the other aisle
As two we wandered separately
Aimless intent, an outing just for fun

Reluctantly I turned to leave
Art’s mesmerizing spell on me
My man approached, and notes compared
He took my hand and showed me - “that’s the one”

Of all the pieces we had seen
While wandering our separate aisles
We both returned to one, as one
To share this tiny couple’s loving stroll

This moment’s magic held us there
As on the back the price we read,
Then, too, a small inscription said,
(As Cupid loosed an arrow from his bow)

“Husband and wife are like one flesh.”


Author's Note: These magic moments in a long wedded life surprise, delight, and reaffirm a union, when everyday events sometimes dull the shine and sparkle that lie just beneath a well-used surface. This small but meaningful piece of art is an Illustration by Kristina Swarner (2000) entitled Man un vieb zeinen ain leib from Yiddish Wisdom, (Chronicle Books, 1996). It makes me smile everyday from my kitchen wall.

Posted on 02/11/2006
Copyright © 2021 Kristina Woodhill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 04/05/17 at 11:08 AM

This is simply beautiful, Kristina. Long live wedded bliss! Yes yes yes, one flesh. If love is wise, it could not be otherwise.

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