Respite for My Friends.Posted: April 19, 2012
I am painting a castle in my mind
so that you may visit and come to stay
in a serene and happy place
far, far, away.
The stone is smoothe on the castle walls,
Refreshingly cool yet holding warmth
Of sunshine, on the moors:
Romantic and intriguing,
Gothic windows, Renaissance doors.
Gleaming wood, and chandeliers dance,
Rooms vast, with elegance,
And from your window the view I paint
Shall be your soul’s delight:
Light on the trees, silver water a-shimmer,
Hills and vales and verdure.
The sound of wrens, so sweet so pure,
and the laughter of friends…
I shall give you a tour.
I shall serve you berries, garden fresh
And flowers upon flowers shall greet you:
Delicate and tender roses in bloom,
Wildflowers, lilies, lavender, verbena.
Your feather bed shall be layered in silks
And in the morning for breakfast I will meet you.
You will soak in a tub of pristine marble,
Sunlit through gossamer sheers,
Your cares shall flee, your worries too,
No maladies, no hauntings, no fears.
Your humour and compassion will be left to you,
And all your talents fine,
And we shall talk, and walk on slate sidewalks
As in Paris, in two straight lines.
We shall swim in calm pools, and run and play
And climb a tree or two,
Because we are young, our hearts still sing,
Our lives so full,
Our tales we bring
To conversation and music on the veranda,
And if you care to rock your restless soul
In the ballroom, or under the stars,
The sky like ink, the moon so full,
Favorite bands, and healthy bars.
Drink up, elixirs I make for you
Of promise, of hope, and imagination.
And when you dance, happy and free,
My castle walls as mirrors will be
So that your happiness
Will shine back upon you.
And when you leave, tired but content,
In your heart you will rejoice,
Because you will see
How special you are,
And above all, you will know
No matter what, no matter where
Life is good
Because a friend wishes it so,
And to my castle
You may always go.