Touching CheeksThey are sitting almost upon each other, stroking each other’s faces while they gaze into their lover’s eyes. Every once in a while, I think the guy must be saying something flattering or revealing, for the girl drops her eyes in a somewhat startled, obviously surprised way. Is she embarrassed or just being modest? Is he unveiling his secret self and telling her how much she means to him? She must not be feeling uncomfortably exposed, for she hasn’t pulled away, trying to hide. Instead, she reaches out, caresses his temple, twirls one of his golden curls around her fingers as she gazes off into the distance beyond their unified space. She must be digesting what he just said, or perhaps dreaming of their future together.
Another couple, at the opposite end of life and romance, sit cheek to cheek on a park bench, not looking at each other but looking forward, together. They do not speak, they do not gaze wistfully. They si
1000 Drops of RainA thousand drops of rain
Falling ten upon each head
From the rising sun here with me
To distant folk going to bed
A hundred fall in the desert
Every drop becoming a feast
A hundred more get lost at sea
Never seen by man nor beast
Some drops get frozen instantly
Others might turn to mist
I love those best that fall on me
My cheeks get gently kissed
Daddy's PrideHis eyes are beaming, soft and content. This is the best moment of his life so far. His tiny daughter screeches angrily in his arms, but she does not quite penetrate the cocoon of peace he is in. One tiny arm beats against his chest, and the effort finally pays off. He tucks her little beet-red arms snuggly back into her wrappings and hoists her up to his shoulder.
“Where is that bottle?” He wonders out loud. The nurses should be back with it by now. Soon, the bundle of hungry anger should be appeased, and he can resume his fatherly musings.
He plods to the door, patting his furious newborn on her swaddled bottom and bouncing slightly. Sure enough, here comes that nurse, Joyce, returning with a warm bottle, freshly prepared. She immediately hands it to the proud daddy, giving him a quizzical look along with the baby’s nourishment. He doesn’t even notice but turns smoothly around and strolls right to th