A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness
from The Rubaiyat ~ Omar Khayyam
This Valentine’s Day, I remembered lines from The Rubaiyat. They speak to my wilderness-loving heart. My Valentine knows that one of the most romantic places he can take me is the wilderness.
In the scene above, we’re resting at 12,000 feet, overlooking a wild and mostly uninhabited valley and the next mountain range in a series of successive mountain ranges. With very slow, careful steps, and my Swiss Gear hiking poles, we made it up the shifting shale to the peak.
Instead of a jug of wine, we had a Thermos of coffee. Instead of a loaf of bread we had Clif Bars. And we each had Thou. We were on top of the world.
A year later, we were married on top of a 14-er towering over old growth aspen forests. Wild meadows of sweet wildflowers shining through the mists hugged the mountainside as elk silently strolled about.
Our hearts were singing in the wilderness.
Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day filled with love to your heart’s content!