Aye, by that kiss,
I vow an endless bliss.
My bliss is vast.
My bliss is leather-bound books...
Volumes of elegant poetry and dramatic prose, rich with the scent of age and wisdom.
It is wide open fields, bedecked with wildflowers of every hue and every type.
It is silver necklaces and delicately crafted earrings.
It's soft rose petals caressing my nose and acoustic guitars.
The scritch-ing of a pen against paper.
The Princess Bride and Chocolat.
A Jane Austen novel and a large leafy tree.
Red velvet curtains and the smell of a theater in those final moments right before a show is set to open.
Fluttering silk scarves and bare toes in the grass.
The feel of a new pair of heels and the whisper of a friendly word.
The tenderness of a lover's kiss and the lilting encouragement of the prophet Isaiah...
...the list goes on.
My toes in the sand as soft waves overtake them, and the twittering of birds along a soft forest path
An arm around me and a shoulder to weep upon, or words spoken in unison and the subsequent laughter.
Windows rolled down and music blasting.
Clear nights with stars that blaze and speak to my soul.
A pile of blankets and pillows in the middle of the floor, and someone with whom to share the snuggles.
A kiss on my cheek and fingers run through my hair.
Flickering candles and painted toenails in ten different colors.
Hot cups of coffee and fairy tales.
Late night conversations with my best friend, laughter that carries across the country.
A text message reminding me that I'm beautiful and that I am loved.
Whispers of Narnia and Hogwarts and secret lands yet undiscovered.
Memories of late nights in Peru and the smiles of brown-skinned children as they cling endlessly to my legs and hands.
On these cold February days, when all seems dead and empty under blankets of snow...
...I cling to my bliss