Just the Two of Us

Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park. Photo from Adobe Stock Photos.

Just the Two of Us

One day we made the winding, steep descent,

enchanted by the waterfall’s sweet song.

In pools below we swam to heart’s content,

the two of us together all day long.

One day we climbed up to the mountaintop,

where winter winds had dwarfed the ancient trees,

and we lay dreaming on a sun-warmed rock,

our skin caressed by every summer breeze.

One day we strolled among the ferns so green,

a fragrant carpet on the forest floor.

Below us stretched a peaceful valley scene.

We thought our love would last forevermore.

Oh, those were golden days I spent with you,

enjoying nature’s wonders, just we two!

(C) 2011 JOHN BILOUS. Ferns in Shenandoah National Park from Adobe Stock Photos.
(C) 2011 JOHN BILOUS Shenandoah National Park. Photo from Adobe Stock Photos.
A white-tailed deer fawn standing in a meadow in Shenandoah National Park. Photo by Paul from Adobe Stock Photos.

Copyright© 2023 by Cheryl Batavia


Dedicated to the memory of my first husband, Frank Wightman.

66 Comments

    1. You are so right, Kate! My days of hiking to waterfalls are behind me, but I have great memories. 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment! I know you ride your bicycle and go on excursions with your friends. Enjoy ! I like reading your posts about your active life. ❤

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    1. Laura, thank you for your kind words. ❤ My mountain climbing days are behind me, but I cherish the memories of hiking to the many lovely waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park! Some of my distant relatives used to live in what is now the park. Have you ever visited there?

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    1. Thank you for your beautiful response, Michel! ❤ These are my own true experiences from more than fifty years ago. I am delighted that you enjoyed the poem and found some universal meaning in it.

      All the best for health and happiness as 2023 unfolds.

      Love ❤
      Cheryl

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  1. Hi Cheryl,

    I congratulate you for writing this poem.🎉🎉

    You have written a detailed explanation of your life in an answer of a question.

    Now, I’m able to understand the context of this beautiful creation.

    I have decided to not publish the comment for privacy concerns.

    I enjoyed reading the poem. Experiencing the whole process is an achievement.
    Though, I can just imagine things from here.

    “Oh, those were golden days I spent with you,
    enjoying nature’s wonders, just we two!”❤️

    Thank you for sharing.😊
    More such poems are welcome.

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    1. Lokesh, thank you for such kind words. I hope that my story has some perspectives that may be of interest to you. Thank you for respecting my privacy. Though I am pretty open about my life, the life story was written specifically for you. I hope I live to see you fulfill your dreams. I am sure you will! ❤

      I am delighted that you like this poem about a very special person, time, and place.

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    1. Cindy, I am delighted that you like this poem! Thank you for your kind words. ❤ The poem is about my cherished memories from some fifty years ago. Frank and I were married for eighteen years before we parted friends. I have always considered him family. He died about six years ago. Our daughter is now 53 years old. I think she is the best of both of us! 🙂

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      1. I love it and you’re so welcome. I thought that might be the case. I’m delighted to know the story and that you remained good friends until his time to pass! The memories and your beautiful daughter is the biggest gift indeed!!! How glorious! ❤️💞

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  2. As a short story writer, this poem really spoke to me. The imagery of the winding descent to the waterfall, the mountaintop with winter winds, and the peaceful valley scene all paint such vivid pictures in my mind. And the idea of spending golden days with a loved one enjoying nature’s wonders really resonates with me. It’s a beautiful reminder to cherish and appreciate the moments we have with those we love.

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