Catriona walked down the country path then across the hilly fields
She was so happy outdoors in the country---
she could walk for hours.
At seventeen (17) she was very serious about life---and her greatest
adventure was---in living it,
She was visiting her Papa and Mimi for the fall; she looked up from
the field of flowers and smiled---it was more beautiful here---
than in the city she had to admit.
On another hill stood a boy of eighteen (18) stunned and mesmerized,
Watching the beauty in the adjoining field---with her long red hair---
he wondered If green was the color of her eyes.
Josh was tall and strong from working on his parent’s farms,
His black hair was thick and curly, his light blue eyes so focused
on the beauty and all her charms.
Catriona ran to her grandparents’ home as the sun was slowing
sinking behind the hill,
Fall in Tennessee could give one a chill.
The weekend was the Harvest Fair, so everyone brought their crops
to trade and sell,
Catriona walked in with her Mimi and Papa, and it was breathtaking
to see all the lovely handmade wares and enjoy the cooking smell.
Josh had waited most of the day to see Catriona walk his way,
He went to her and her grandparents to introduce himself---
When her green eyes looked into his eyes of blue---he had to stay.
What a magnificent day with his family and hers---it seemed so right,
She was going with Josh to the hayride tonight.
He would call for her at Papa and Mimi’s ranch,
After the hayride there would be a barn dance.
Catriona’s dress was lime green, and her long hair danced as she moved
--flowing around her front and back -----down to her waist,
Josh arrived so handsome wearing a shirt of blue, and violets in his hand
for Mimi, then they made haste.
The hayride was romantic as he held her hand and gently rubbed the top
of it with his thumb,
Until her heart, mind and body---felt numb.
All the others around them were not noticed by them,
But they were noticed by his cousin Jim.
Jim had a big smile as he had never seen Josh with such love on his face,
The stars glittered in the night their approval for this “Harvest Time Hayride”
in this time and place.
Two years later, under a big Harvest Moon---Josh was kissing Catriona in the
country church on one of the highest hills,
Their words of love for each other was never rehearsed, as the bride carried her white Bible and a wedding bouquet of Daffodils.
Meetings by chance do happen in life,
Catriona knew this as Josh took her for his wife.
Their kisses were shared often every day through the years,
And when their last days came---their children and
grandchildren saw no tears.
Sunflowers were planted around their graves,
He always said they brought him---his heart, his Catriona---
he would rave.
True Love means forever,
Never being apart for one night---no never.
When the body is gone,
The spirit does live on.
© 2021 Barbara Purvis Hunter
Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on July 14, 2021:
I hope everything is wonderful in your world. I love sunflowers and lavender roses.
Have a great day.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 14, 2021:
A lovely story told with a backdrop of one of my favorited flowers. How can anyone be in a bad mood, surrounded by sunflowers? We always plant them and they always make us smile. :) Thanks for planting this story, my friend. I thoroughly enjoyed it.