We sat on the beach near the fire,
Two old people bundled against the cold Oregon sunset.
Friends we’d never met fished the surf,
Children and dogs ran at waves’ edge.
Red sky, red mist, red sunset. Fire, water, wind, and you.
Wind whipped my hair, gray and uncut,
Tore it from it’s inept braid,
August wind, chill inside my hood, but I remained,
Pleased to be with you, and pleased to be on that beach.
The sea roared loud, filling my ears,
My blood and
And where ever you are that is my beach,
My ocean, my sunset.
Mist rose with the tide, closed in and enfolded us,
Blotting out the falling stars and,
Laughing at our folly,
We dragged our weary selves back to our digs,
Rented, but with everything two old people needed.
The gas fire warmed me
And you warmed me,
And these memories warm me now
When snow blankets our inland valley
And Oregon seems far, far away.
About the author
Connie J. Jasperson lives in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children and a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, an editor, and a book reviewer. She is an active member of the both the Northwest Independent Writers Association and Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and is a founding member of Myrddin Publishing Group. Music and food dominate her waking moments. When not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly.
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Connie J. Jasperson’s body of work includes:
TOWER OF BONES, series based in the World of Neveyah
The gods are at war, and Neveyah is the battlefield.
“I started Tower of Bones and could not stop reading. When Jasperson introduced the main character, Edwin Farmer, I was drawn in, but by the time I reached the section about Marya, the girl held against her will by a strange, seductive, and dangerous villain, I couldn’t put the book down.” Alison DeLuca, author.
This epic fantasy series opens with Tower of Bones, and follows Edwin Farmer as he journeys deep into the lands claimed by the dreaded Bull God, in an attempt to rescue a girl he has only met in his dreams.
Forbidden Road – takes up Edwin’s story six years later. When four mages are sent into the shadowed lands claimed by the mad priest of the Bull God, who will return unscathed? Sorrow, peril, and magic await in the Valley of Mal Evol.
Valley of Sorrows – the thrilling conclusion of Edwin Farmer’s story. Four men, war-weary and grieving, must face the new Overlord of Mal Evol in a race to close off the Braden Gap and protect the heart of Neveyah. Who will prevail when the Legions of Tauron arrive…? The gods are at war, and Neveyah is the battlefield.
The Wayward Son – takes place concurrently with Forbidden Road, but follows John Farmer’s story. War looms and John must answer the call to serve, but his terrible secret could destroy everything. A broken mage trying to rebuild his shattered life, he must somehow regain his abilities, or everyone and everything he loves will be lost. John must face the crimes of the past to become the hero he never was.
Mountains of the Moon – Before the Tower of Bones, there was Wynn Farmer, the legendary smith and lightning-mage. Danger, mystery, and dark prophecies, lie deep in a gauntlet of jagged peaks and deadly traps. Can Wynn survive the dark secret hidden in Tauron’s stolen castle before the Bull God’s minotaurs overrun Neveyah?
OTHER BOOKS BY CONNIE J. JASPERSON
A novel that takes you to the world of Waldeyn, and a medieval alternate reality. Fleeing a burning city, everything he ever loved in ashes behind him, penniless and hunted, Huw the Bard must somehow survive. Available as an ebook and in paper.
“…a wonderful novel that captured my imagination and pulled me into a world that I didn’t want to leave. The author has an amazing talent for world building.” Dean Lapi, author.
A novella consisting of three modern fairy tales told in a traditional style. Available as an ebook, in paper, and as an Audiobook, narrated by the wonderful voice actor, Craig Allen.
“…stand out from the multitude of fantasy world stories, these are each fascinatingly creative stories, twisting what we know of the originals. Each story is simply magical..” Gypsy M