ACADIE


by


Rebecca Anne Banks

and Blue



"If wishes were horses,
then beggars would ride . . ."
- from a 17th century Scottish proverb and nursery rhyme


On the blue island by the river, in the dance of the seasons of the sun, it is the time of the tryst of lovers. Some days are dark, overcast in blue light, clouds and winter, even in Summer - whilst other days flower into great light and the warm of soft winds. Like two roses meant to twine, two lovers wander through their days and nights alone. Blue is a rose, her heart is frozen in the night. She sits on the street corner with her guitar, playing love songs, hoping her fated lover will hear her song and take her home.

"My lover gives me songs,
My lover gives me poetry,
My lover gives me love.
All these gifts my lover gives,
my lover gives to me."

It begins to rain as she closes her eyes, she despairs of ever finding a lover. Just at that moment a man walks up to her and puts a coin in her hand. He quietly and gently touches her hair. She looks up and smiles into his blue eyes, at the quiet beauty of this angel the Spirit has sent. They begin to talk, he says, "I heard you singing as I was walking. You play and sing well."

She smiles up into his face.

"I am Acadie," he continues after a short pause.

She says, "I am known as Blue."

"You must be wealthy to own such a beautiful guitar."

"You can't really own anything," she says looking into his eyes.

"If I try to hold running water in my hands . . ."

"Then you can't own it," she interrupts.

"I can give you love," he says.

"When I give you love, you own me."

He holds out the pomegranate to her, "Remember once you taste of it, you can't take it back."

She shakes her head sadly, and softly begins to play and sing into the quiet. He quietly disappears into the night, looking back over his shoulder. She spends her days and nights thinking of Acadie and begins to write poetry and songs to him.

One day on the way home with her guitar, she is sad and lonely. She stops at the bottom of the stairs to her apartment and closes her eyes despairing. In that very moment, Acadie comes down the stairs and kisses her lightly on the cheek. She looks up into his blue eyes and smiles. He quietly touches her hair.

"You can't really own anything," she says.

"If I try to hold fire in my hands . . ."

"That is impossible to do," she quickly but gently asserts.

"I can give you love," he says.

"When I give you love, you own me."

He again holds out the pomegranate to her, "Remember once you taste of it, you can't take it back."

She shakes her head sadly, and softly begins to sing into the quiet as she continues up the stairs to her apartment. He quietly disappears into the night. She spends her days and nights thinking of Acadie and continues to write poetry and songs to him.

Sitting on the stairs one evening she realizes that she had not seen Acadie for weeks and becomes sad and lonely. She steps down from the stairs and wanders the streets looking for her lover. Calling out, "Acadie, Acadie . . ." into the darkness. "Where are you, my lover?"

She becomes weary and sits down on a street corner, takes out her guitar and closes her eyes.

Quietly from behind her, he says, "You can't really own anything."

"But I can give you presents," she says turning round to catch the sight of him.

"When I give you presents, you own them," he says.

She says, "I can give you love."

"When I give you love, you own me."

Acadie takes off his knapsack and hands it to her, saying "See what you can find." She puts her guitar down and reaches in and discovers a box of chocolates which she places in her lap. She laughs and says, "Thank you."

She then reaches in again and finds an orange. Then he says, "Why don't you look again?" So, she reaches down into the very bottom of the sack and finds a small jewelry box. She brings it out and opens it. He takes the box from her, takes out the ring and places it on the fourth finger of her left hand, saying "I want you to be my wife."

An Angel passes by and says, "Never leave home once you've found it."

On that day in white, nary a cloud in the sky and Summer, Blue and Acadie sing to the Spirit their vows. As they kiss, a dove passes overhead, the sky is bright, the sunlight sweet, and all the days and nights of the blue island flower into Summer forevermore.


Published in Inspired Heart for Teens Anthology by Melinda Cochrane Publications Inc.

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