The Origin of Us || by Diana Raab


As a scientist, you said you studied Darwin

So I shall remind you of our origin—

the seed from which our love was born:

the place we met and kissed

that first time, in the field 

of sky-high grass behind your dad’s farm

where he grew hybrid roses. 

You picked one for me

and said a bud for a buddy—

a perfectly closed flower like

was my heart and mouth.

You opened me up

as I healed from past wounds

scribbled on journal pages

in the dark of the night:

green ink, the same hue

of that rose’s stem you handed me 

five decades younger 

us, budding adults and now together

blossomed into this final chapter—

balding, wrinkling, sleepless nights 

and medical claims, but we remain

as desirable as we were back then. 

I love you.

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DIANA RAAB, MFA, PhD, is a memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker, and award-winning author of ten books and over 1000 articles and poems. She blogs for Psychology Today, The Wisdom Daily and Thrive Global. Her latest book is Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. She frequently speaks on writing for healing and transformation. 

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