The Two by Maryann Beckman

The Two

In the garden of destiny many flowers bloomed. The Rose of wonder, the Lilly of Hope, the Orchid of Dreams, the flowers of Passion, Exuberance, and Joy. And there they bloomed fighting the weeds of discontent, envy, lust and pride And they battled in this garden held by Zeus.


It was not her looks that caught him, nor her speech for that matter, it was something more distant. Some would venture cupids arrow, others Diana’s breath, but something changed in this human as he looked upon the woman who sat beside him. He saw her now as he had never before and fell deeply in love.


Lovers truly destined for each other, with an uncommon love, may at times glance up at the sky and see The Two, forever embracing and forever the poem of human love that withstood even the test of the gods.The Two by Maryann Beckman
But she could not love him back. Though she wanted to loved him she had been cursed. It was a cruel curse bestowed on her by an unknown god. Her father had angered an unknown. He was immediately killed and she left to live with his consequence: She  she could never join a lover.


Undaunted, he traveled to the Oracle to ask for help, but none could be given. He walked to the top of the Mountain of Gashin, but there was no answer. Then as he cried out by the sea, a goddess took pity on him and whispered to him from the ocean’s waves.


There was a quest. He was to bring her a petal from the flower of life. This flower bloomed on a bush and only a single flower did bloom. And so he crawled into the garden on the third night of the full moon, the only night of the year that the Kingdom of the Gods was visible to humans. He took the rose petal and ran to his beloved. She followed him to the sea where they threw the petal into the ocean. And suddenly the curse was broken.


She fell into her lovers arms and they kissed, but the gods has been wakened and angered. And so they came. They came with intent to kill. He stood in front of his beloved pleading his case. They would not hear. But then the ocean waves began to sing and the music got louder and louder till it almost deafened them. They would not live. The lovers held each other in their last embrace not knowing their fate. They would not die either.


The stars are said to be the poem of the gods, their garden for the human eyes to see. And the constellations can be seen, predictably at certain times of the year, but not this one. Anywhere, at anytime they can be seen embracing in the sky, but ever so rarely.


Lovers truly destined for each other, with an uncommon love, may at times glance up at the sky and see The Two, forever embracing and forever the poem of human love that withstood even the test of the gods.

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