(Artwork by Virginia Robert)
As her hands traced her body,
gathering her soul through her skin,
she held the glowing sphere
up to the sky, drew in all her breath
and released the stagnant air held
within her lungs.
She emptied everything inside
until she was an empty shell.
Holding her soul in her outstretched palms,
she said "This is my greatest gift and all
I have to offer you, my Beloved."
God smiled brilliant rays of sunlight across her face.
"No, my child. This is the gift I have given you."
And the earth wept as rain upon the land,
life sprang from the soil and the sun shone upon her soul.
She knew she was perfect just as she was.
An amazing creature of light.
She knew she was loved eternally
and this brought her the greatest joy
beyond any imaginable thing.