Creating Love

Like a table spread in the desert,

a sheet of sand, shifting,

alive with irridesence,

moving grain against grain,

rubbed smooth by one another;

like a table spread in the desert –

an oasis for a parched mouth,

ripe figs brush the tongue –


unexpected sweetness.

My love spreads a table in the desert;

she soothes my skin with fine sand;

he slakes my hunger with the fruit of the grain

and feeds me red wine.

My cup runneth over.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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