Title: A Heart Full of Gratitude By Nyota's Heart Disclaimer: Borrowing with affection. Characters: Luke/Mara Genre: Introspection & Poetry Challenge The poem was #22: ____ “When You Are Old,” by William Butler Yeats When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of stars. He looks at his wife, playing with Cerys' daughter, Valeria. Valeria is spending the summer holiday with her grandparents. Their own daughter Cerys has known 25 seasons - how amazing! Time has flown by in an instant. "A true sign of encroaching decrepitude , Skywalker." Mara observes, a wry twist to her lips. Luke laughs. Her red-golden tresses are only now touched with gray, and her jade eyes are as vibrant as they were when he first caught their unique brilliance all those years ago. Her tongue is as incisive as ever. He cannot imagine a life devoid of her and is happy to think he will not have to know what that feels like for many a year yet! He is grateful for every single moment he has had with her and glances up to the glowing stars overhead. He used to be so restless, Luke thinks, but now, he is content to be in whatever place Mara is in. Luke gets up after a few more moments of quiet reflection and joins Valeria and Mara. He scoops Valeria up with a tickle to her ribs, which sends her into happy giggles. He and Mara tuck her in and then he joins Mara on the sofa. "Isn't it wonderful we're at a point in our lives we can pause and enjoy ourselves and our family?" He asks Mara, echoing his earlier thoughts. She frowns. "Don't you think we've earned it, after all we've done to bring about peace and calm?" "But we have to be thankful no one is actively trying to sabotage it." He says. "Your're such an optimist." Mara observes with feigned ire. "Hmm. No, just grateful." Mara sighs in silent contentment and leans into his shoulder. "We'd better turn in. We have a busy day tomorrow at the amusement park." He grins. "And if you're really good, I'll let you play in Farmboy Land." Mara smirks. "Ha! You're the one who'd better be good!" He chases her into their bedroom. ++++ LOL AN: Farmboy Land is from divapilot's Mod Challenge entry. Woot!