(Prompted by a translation of a Greek poem inscribed on the wall of the burial cave at Beit Guvrin, south of Jerusalem).
Betrothed to Me Forever
On a fruitless day in a place
whose faded paths forever
bode autumn, I stumbled on
a lover’s note scrawled upon a wall.
“I write wrapped tight in your dear
cloak”, it read, “just as fast as once
you clasped me in your arms.
“But grasp this well. Should
we be allowed to meet but once
again, we must barely bend our
heads in greeting.
“No shared smile, no slight sign that
in another place we were ever
more than fleeting friends.
“After those things – terrible things
– nought remains that I may do to
“So while I sleep with someone else,
I beg as you read my words, let
me flee while I allow you breadth
“In return, neither scream nor
strike this wall in anger. Believe
instead that I vow in Aphrodite’s name
we will be in eternity like lovers new –
betrothed as if forever.
“In sum, it is you I love. You’ll
always be my most beloved
one of all”.
This piece first appeared in Volume 3 of the December 2015 edition of Live Encounters magazine as Betrothed to Me Forever(http://liveencounters.net/2015/10/31/live-encounters-magazine-vol-3-december-2015-2/) edited by Mark Ulyseas, a faithful supporter of Israel and all matters Jewish.
© Natalie Wood (31 October 2015)