This Is the Reward

for not giving up.

Oh we’ve changed, my love.  The fast burn of flaring sparks is now a glowing, warming fire.

The tempestuous waves are now a still, deep pool.

The heady wine has become daily, nourishing bread.

Our faces are lined, our bodies are weathered, our  souls are free of youthful fears and self-preservation.

We are both less beautiful.  And more beautiful than we were.

We didn’t know how to do this.  But somehow, it is done.

There is a reward.

And the reward is worth it all.

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