“The Miracle of Her Beauty”

Her hair is the color of sunlight
On grape leaves in summer.
Her eyes, the soft grey-green of fir trees
Wrapped in the mist of early evening.
Her skin is bronzed like the half-hardened
Vines which nurse the fruit
In the field where I toil
Under an unrelenting Italian sun.
The miracle of her beauty
Powers my passion
And fuels my labor
Until sheย passes by
And does not see me.
I smile, knowing that every night
When the moonlight
Touches the grape leaves with silver,
The fir trees turn black with the mystery
Of late evening
And the vines form a protective haven
For lovers in an empty field,
We come together.
Then the miracle of her beauty
Powers my passion
And I live.

(Inspired by “Grapevines“, Friday Fictioneers photo on madison-woods.com, July 20, 2012.)

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30 Responses to “The Miracle of Her Beauty”

  1. Jan Brown says:

    Beautiful, masterful. Gorgeous imagery, heartfelt passion. Well done!

    • vbholmes says:

      Many thanks for the nice words. I enjoyed your fable, “Jackie and the Giant Grapevine”‘ We never grow too old for a fantasy–particularly one with a message.

    • Vb holmes says:

      Many thanks! I enjoyed your unique take on the prompt–good story (poor Timmy, suspect he didn’t last too long once the boss heard the rumor about his daughter).

    • Vb holmes says:

      Many thanks for your comment I think she passed by to be seen rather than to see. I liked the ambiguity in your story–left room for several interesting interpretations.

  2. I hope every woman has someone who feels like this about her.

  3. billgncs says:

    beautiful — this is one I wish I could have written.

  4. Linda says:

    The perfect love story, he working, she working sharing their labours and coming together in the evening to share their passion too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Kaitlin says:

    Lovely job. This prompt is so easily lent to poetry and romance. Great job.

  6. unspywriter says:

    Very lovely and lyrical and visual. Nice job.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/asylum/

  7. Beautifully written. Very romantic and sweet. It’s nice to see some more poetry here ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s mine: http://theforgottenwife.com/2012/07/19/friday-fictioneers-july-20-2012/

  8. Vb holmes says:

    Ahh, young love! Many thanks for the compliment. I enjoyed your story and learned something, as well.

  9. rich says:

    she DOES notice him, but she must pretend not to. they have their time. don’t worry. nicely done. very much

  10. That was so unrealistically lovely….

  11. Are you familiar with ancient Persian poetry? I would have guessed that this was a translation. Their style for beauty and love is very erotic but focusing on taste and smells and sight sensory inhalations of fruit, flowers, water, sky -all similes describing the passion just as you have done.

  12. vbholmes says:

    I can’t imagine a higher compliment–saying “Thank You” seems inadequate.

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