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Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)
TITLE: Once Before Night Falls
By Lillian Rhoades
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As twilight shuffles towards the darkness, I sit by the fire while memories of you light on my mind like hungry butterflies feverishly drinking from succulent sunflowers.
I remember the first time we met; you, me, and the morning. Dew glistened like shimmering silver, and eager spring leaves swayed with the breeze, vernal and fresh with promise.
And so were we.
I’ll never forget the day we waved a final goodbye to spring, and as summer settled in, we slipped away to where time seemed like the sum of all eternity. While sand trickled through our toes, we walked barefoot on the beach and looked out beyond the azure waters to distant shores and dimly defined horizons; the wind and the will-o’-the-wisp at our back.
Some days, we roamed the galaxies, and chased down the stars. We scooped them up, filled our hearts, and flooded our eyes with the ones that sparkled like diamonds; until one day we realized we had to let them go-except one. We released them to frolic in the meadows of Make–Believe where Humpty-Dumpty never falls, and cotton candy never melts;to romp on the Milky-Way where everyone is starry-eyed.
Our one star kept shining.
Late one afternoon, on a cool, crisp autumn day when we conversed like lovers over a hot cup of tea, you taught me what it meant to believe in myself, how to welcome the bumpy roads that shepherded me towards my destiny, how to let the star light the way.
My Dream Maker, you've been gone too long. Will you come again?
It’s evening now, and winter draws near. Shadows fall outside my window, and light from our star grows dim. Before the night enfolds me, I want to chase another star.
I want to dream once more.
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