underneath the colosseum pier | the living water

8 april 2017
jesus, i hope i can play with you tomorrow

9 april 2017
easy acoustic guitar, soft singsongy voices, and citrus lime cake.

we sit quietly in the car afterwards, speechless really. golden hour approaches, the 6pm sun is setting. we are headed to the beach.
when we park the car, the street is sunday busy, so not really busy at all.

we are barefoot before we hit the sand, flip flops in hand.
stephen starts us off as we run to the water, sand slowing our speed, but not our energy.

we jump and splash and kick in the puddles. it’s cold but it feels good

activating

a spring of life, the first taste of summer.

it wakes up the children in us.

we run to the pier,
against the wind, our jackets and towels picking up air like kites and capes.

underneath the pier, it feels endless.
as big as a colosseum, with the sun slowly lowering over white foamy waves, falling over, folding over, each column they run into.
standing ankle deep in clear water, feet playing with the loose sand, and little sand crabs, and tiny baby sand clams,
gently brushing our soles.

we stand there for a while, watching the liquid land in front of us wave in and out
the unblocked sun steadily burning our skin, eyes, the tips of our noses – unable to look away – thinking about how we got to this day.

we walk back, the edges of our shorts soggy from the last wave
smiling, overwhelmed at what we were doing.

stephen picks a washed up stick and runs in a spiral
circling it along the sand as justin, jordan and i chase him
completely careless and stupid happy
children playing tag before supper
this is a life that’s full of color

the wind picks up as we take our time back to the car
the sand behind us, a thin grey haze itching our ankles.

justin grabs a handful and lets the breeze push it from his hand
it follows the wind

we are kid_s
this is wonder_ful

x

7 thoughts on “underneath the colosseum pier | the living water

  1. Elizabeth

    I love this!!! This is the childlike wonder I’ve been wanting to capture in my artwork! I love this work it’s so beautiful and innocent. Thanks for reminding me to recapture the innocence of wonder and excitement in everyday.

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  2. oh my god sami this was so beautiful 😭
    it made my heart smile and cry and glow different colors… i’m re-reading it for the 4th time and i’m gonna read it again tomorrow morning and probably for the next week or so..

    thanks for writing this, it was so so special and meaningful to me. i don’t think i can even explain how much it means to me right now because i’d have to write a full-length blog post response or the kid part 4 or something.

    this story was truly a gift to me, and i will treasure it forever.
    thank you so muchh!!

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