“April & August–Married, On Their Wedding Night”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 4:45 PM

“April & August –Married, On Their Wedding Night”

A Scene…

They’re in their apartment. April is tired after all the day’s activities. She lays down alone in the bedroom seeking peace and quiet and rest. August is in the other room. He’s feeling all alone. Both of them are empathic. He understands how April is feeling. He’s feeling torn. He wants to let her rest; but, it’s also their wedding night. How can he just leave her alone on their wedding night? Their weeding night. In his uncertainty, he walks tentatively into their bedroom, feeling drawn to her. April’s eyes are closed, but she is awake as she lays on one side of the bed. August quietly comes near her and kneels down on the floor beside her as if he were about to pray. April reaches her hand to his face and gently touches his cheek. She’s feeling languid. August too. Then, he just lays the side of his head down on April’s bosom. He wonders if he can hear her heart beating. He can’t. He lifts his head and says to April ever so quietly, his words can hardly be heard: “I can’t hear it, April.” “Wait,” she whispers back to him. She unfastens the buttons of her blouse uncovering her bosom for her husband. And then, reaching out both her hands, tentatively, to August…he lays his head down again against April’s cool breast, his warm cheek and ear against his loving wife. And, this time, he can hear her beating heart. And, he thinks, I’ll remember this sound and this moment for as long as I live. He lifts his head and repeats this thought to April. April hears him and lays her hand gently against August’s cheek as his head again rests gently against her breast. For a few lovely, quiet minutes they rest like this. And then, April says, ”August, August, come to me.” So, August rises slowly and walks to the other side of the bed and gently lays down beside his wife. They lay quietly side by side holding hands for a time. They are already one in heart and in spirit. And music begins to come in through the open window from the sidewalk several floors below, “Sometimes when we touch, the honesty’s too much and I have to close my eyes and hide.”[1] April turns to August reaching her arm over him and kisses him on the mouth. “I want to hold you ‘till I die, ‘till we both break down and cry” comes through the window, again. “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” -Proverbs 18: 22 ESV. And then a few minutes later, another song is playing, “The mother and child reunion is only a motion away.”[2] And April looks straight into August’s eyes and says emphatically, “I’m not your mother, August!” And August replies so quietly, “I understand that, April, and appreciate it, too. Whenever I visited her or called her on the phone . . .  God bless her for all the countless things she did to help me grow up . . .  but she never stopped talking to me.” April stares for a moment, thinking about that until its meaning and memory sink in. And then rests her head down on August’s bosom in peace and quiet and in love . . . and then through the open window comes still another song: “Hello darkness my old friend . . .  I’ve come to talk with you again because a vision softly creeping left its seed while I was sleeping and the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence”.”[3]

“And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” -Exodus 14: 13 and 14 ESV Study Bible.



[1] “Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill.

[2] “Mother and Child Reunion” -Paul Simon.

[3] Simon & Garfunkel | The Sound of Silence | Lyrics.

Thank you to Paul Simon for his beautiful song: “Mother and Child Reunion.”

Thank you to Paul Simon and to Art Garfunkel for their beautiful song: “The Sound of Silence.”

Thank you Dan Hill for your beautiful song: “Sometimes When We Touch.”

Thank you to YouTube.com for playing these beautiful songs from their website.

Thank you to Anne Wolfe;  Rohn MHR; Ken W. and others who created or added the beautiful videos accompanying these songs.

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