A Rappahannock Romance

Rappahannock resident Denise Chandler says her husband, Donald, carved this into a tree in Great Falls while she took a nap. That was in 1995; they go back every few years, she says, to visit “our tree.”
Rappahannock resident Denise Chandler says her husband, Donald, carved this into a tree in Great Falls while she took a nap. That was in 1995; they go back every few years, she says, to visit “our tree.”

There was a sprinkle and a twinkle to their love.

Like a cookie, prized by children,

Given only when they were especially good.

The “A” and” J” carved in the tree atop

Fielding Mountain, their favorite climb,

Was more than an idle inscription,

Told less, then a little, of its joy.

His pride in her every things,

Her thrill in his all ways,

Brilliant because of themselves.

Every love song sung

And sonnet ever scribed

Could not equal the tender

Sweetness of their breath

When echoing together,

Their mirrored bodies and souls

Became happy as one.

Weaving the outside into finely-made cloth,

They met each day

As a basket of surprises.

Never growing dull always staying bright.

The farm, the crops, the horses, the son,

Perfect set pieces for the drama of life

In a world that welcomes wild flowers

To bloom again each Spring.

— Char Duguid

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