Her Sacred Offering…

With a flutter of her eyes, and a sigh, she finds herself awake.  It is morning, and the peach-bronzed glow of dawn is slowly sliding it’s bright fingers between the skins and poles of their quiet sanctum.  Looking about, she studies the frailty of the tiny building.  She notes the character of the weathered leather skins that flap like delicate lungs against the wooden pole-frame.  They seem to inhale and exhale to the rhythm of an ancient mountain spirit.  These skins are thin, but appear tanned and handsomely aged by wind, ice, heat and water. 

Tiny sinews and straps of leather bind the corners of the pole structure.  These ties are the only significant materials binding this light structure to the security of a barren mountainside.  She can hear the faint ruffling sound of prayer flags fluttering against a rising wind.  As if on cue, she raises herself on one elbow and turns towards her slumbering lover.  Observing closely, she carefully and lovingly peruses the lines of his soft cheek, the peacefulness of his closed eyes and the rise and fall of his chest beneath a warm woollen blanket. 

“Sleep my dear,” she whispers in his ear.  After kissing his cheek and noting his honey-drenched scent, she rises gently to her feet and peers beyond the walls of their purlieu.

A pale pink vista, clouded with cirrhus formations, welcomes her morning vision.  The sun, a white disk in the Eastern sky, struggles to penetrate the rising haze of mountainous clouds.  This is her first Himalayan sunrise.  She perches herself in the doorway of their tiny refuge, eyes wide, in the burgeoning silence.  Triangular grey peaks of varying sizes stand like sentinels as silver-rimmed clouds seek passage and skim slowly across the ocean of sky.  The silk scarf around her neck flutters softly.  It is scented with cardamom, patchouli and sandalwood.  Her mind drifts to thoughts of warmth and comfort.  The sun shines brightly from a break in the mercuric clouds.

“My love, my offering,” she whispers.  Exotic scents trigger her memory and recalls something that she had meant to do that morning.  Preparing a small coal and tinder, she sets to making a small fire of precious wood carried from the valley a day previous.  With ancestral deftness, she proceeds to warm the water to brewing temperature and steeps the delicate blend of herbal luxury.  Once prepared, she strains the scented liquid into a tiny porcelain cup and traverses a short distance across that barren scape towards the tiny shelter. 

“Good morning,” her voice pleasant and soft in the quiet of their sanctum.  She addresses her lover gently.

He stirs slowly, then rises to a seated position.  His eyes strain slightly against a piercing ray of bronzed-light.  He smiles, first with his lips, then with his eyes.  He shines.  He accepts the warm offering from her outstretched hands.  His grasp is strong, gentle and deliberate as he accepts the tea. 

“My dear,” is all he says, as he gently lifts the tea to his lips, still smiling.  A loving arm is extended, welcoming her close as the dawn light filters into their warm sanctuary. 

All remains quiet. 

They do not see, or hear, anything else.


-Poseidon’s Muse



10 responses to “Her Sacred Offering…

  1. This is so beautiful PM. The picture is gorgeous too and so took me back to my time in Nepal at the foothills under Mt Everest.
    Thank you for a wonderful read.

  2. poseidonsmuse

    Thanks Simonne, for your words…I had that image in my head for the last few weeks now. As a writer, you must know the feeling of having to let some images/ideas/inspirations “stew” in your mind before you write about them….Anyways, for whatever it’s worth (as a writer “wanna-bee”, I finally composed something resembling my thoughts and feelings about that sacred place – and slapped it into this little vignette.

    Ah, the ritual of tea and the offering of a sacred morning to a loved one…

  3. This one pulled me farther and farther in. I like the way you described the tent without telling us what it was, so I had to slowly form the mental image. Another beautifully written post (and as far as writer-wannbe, you can leave off the wannabe part. You’re a writer, sure enough). Have a wonderful day, sweetie!

  4. poseidonsmuse

    OB – Thank you dear Goddess friend! Glad to have you back…I imagined that you must have been busy. That little rocky patch of “basecamp” would be another wonderful place for a gathering of the Goddesses, yes?.

    Tea anyone?

    Hugs to you too…Have a great day hun…

  5. Oh, that was truly lovely. Each and every word flowed like a dream. It just made me want to ‘Sigh’. Thank you!

  6. Writing was excellent, I found myself more picturing it in my mind than just reading the words. Pictures beautiful.
    Checking in on the Goddesses.

  7. poseidonsmuse

    Grace – Oh, thank you for that Grace. Glad you liked it. Yes…I wanted that reaction from the readers…A large ‘Sigh” and an ‘Ah!……’

    Bill – Aw shucks Bill – you’re making me blush. Thanks for stopping by my friend. I hope you are having a good day too! ((((Hugs))))

  8. You are not a writer wannabe honey, you just ARE, so enjoy it, trust it, and most of all, keep doing it!

  9. poseidonsmuse

    Simonne – Coming from you, that means alot. You’re right…it takes courage to face the blowing winds of literary pursuits…I will enjoy it, trust it…and I will keep DOING it!!!!!! (and the same advice goes to you too Simonne – you are very talented yourself…and an inspiration). Hugs again…!

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