Camelot Moment

The words we chose to speak
could not be construed
to be words of great love,
but they were.

It was with gaiety that we chatted
about the commonplace
and laughed a lot.
We were happy.

I sat in my chair
at the dining room table
and watched with joy a moment rare
in our shared history.

My coffee cup
had been refilled so many times;
its taste was cutting sweet.
You had risen from the table
and in the space that was
the middle of the kitchen,
were moved by some unnamed force
to do a jig.

In the fragmented second it took
to blink away a laughing tear,
your form transformed
and there we were and yet not.

With feet doing your
ancestral dance in mid-air,
your solid body was no longer solid.
A maze of dancing atoms and molecules
took your shape.
Your color took on their transparency
and I thought how fragile you are!

It was just a moment
but eternity practising
and you were back into
the time frame we both knew as you.
I could not tell you what I saw.
The rules of this let’s pretend world
are hard to break.

I sit at this desk with
magically moving molecules,
drinking coffee from a supposedly
solid white cup and saucer
and holding tight to a yellow pencil
at a time when the rest of the world
sleeps and weeps.

Knowing the mountain
is only a thought form
and with a little faith in my ability
to move it, I could.
With our prejudices
we mightily construct a world
to please or not,
as our self image directs.

But in this brief Camelot moment,
I know that in that sacred space I saw you
so utterly defenseless,

I never loved you more, nor me.

5 Responses to Camelot Moment

  1. Claudia September 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Possibly the most beautiful piece of poetry I have read of yours.

  2. Terri Brown September 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Lovely!

  3. Suzanne Tate September 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I wish everyone could glean the substance of this lovely poem.
    My heart cracked in two and I wept…not from sadness, but from the beauty of the truth. How wonderfully you captured it.

  4. maria wulf September 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Truly beautiful Veronica, to be able to see and experience such truth.

  5. Veronica Hallissey September 19, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    To those of you, Claudia, Suzanne, Terri and Maria, it was a moment of truth pronouncing its gift to me. I treasure it and it strengthens me. And I am indebted to the guidance that gave me words to describe the moment. Thank you for seeing what you see in it.

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