The Poem and The Painting

I figured I’d share another poem that I feel relates to reality and true love.

In my novel Curse of The Walking Man, the protagonist found the short poem below from his ancestor on the back of a painting. The painting encapsulated a frozen moment between two soulmates (his ancestors).

While we’re happy or weary, we look to each other for love,
We are two, but have grown together as one heart,
While preaching the compassion of the white dove,
Our promise to one another was never to be apart,
Endless in love and together forever,
We must trust each other and persevere,
Together, we walk hand in hand in this endeavor,
For it is you I love until the end of times, my dear

The poem was written by a pivotal character named Abigail Riley. Her words ring so true for her and her husband, Arthur Riley. She wrote this poem early on in her life, not knowing what the future held.

Paintings, all timeless in the moments they vividly capture, accurately depicted the love expressed in the poem.

By happenstance, the protagonist came into possession of this family heirloom. Unknowingly, he rightfully placed it on the wall where Abigail had intended to put the painting 150 years ago.

Thanks for reading!


Travis J. McRoy 2021 All Rights Reserved.

6 thoughts on “The Poem and The Painting

    1. Thank you for reading and the kind words! It is greatly appreciated. I can recall a quote from Hemmingway, “all you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” This is essentially what I try to do. Thanks again for stopping by and the encouraging words!


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