Standing in the Tunnel of Love

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If I were the trees …
I would turn my leaves to gold and scatter them toward the sky so they would circle about your head and fall in piles at your feet…
so you might know wonder.

If I were the mountains …
I would crumble down and lift you up so you could see all of my secret places, where the rivers flow and the animals run wild …
so you might know freedom.

If I were the ocean …
I would raise you onto my gentle waves and carry you across the seas to swim with the whales and the dolphins in the moonlit waters,
so you might know peace.

If I were the stars …
I would sparkle like never before and fall from the sky as gentle rain,
so that you would always look towards heaven and know that you can reach the stars.

If I were the moon …
I would scoop you up and sail you through the sky and show you the Earth below in all its wonder and beauty,
so you might know that all the Earth is at your command.

If I were the sun …
I would warm and glow like never before and light the sky with orange and pink,
so you would gaze upward and always know the glory of heaven.

But I am me …
and since I am the one who loves you, I will wrap you in my arms and kiss you and love you with all of my heart,
and this I will do until …
the mountains crumble down …
and the oceans dry up …
and the stars fall from the sky …
and the sun and moon burn out …

And that is forever.
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

 

A couple weekends ago, Cory and I had the chance to visit the tree-covered railroad track known as the Tunnel of Love, which is located near Klevan, Ukraine. This is one of those places that pops up on “Places to See in Your Lifetime” lists, and I can understand why.

Unfortunately (or perhaps, fortunately), it’s also hard to reach. In fact, it requires a five-hour road trip (one-way) from Kyiv. Luckily for us, Cory’s school organized a day trip, so we didn’t have to do any planning … this time around.

Taking the trip solidified a couple things we already know about ourselves: We always want to take more time than a tour allows, and we’re much better off traveling on our own. We were only given 40 minutes at the Tunnel of Love. If it had been up to us, we would have walked as far as the tree cover would have taken us. As it was, we had to share this romantic space with lots of other people – and everyone walks in the same straight line.

Like many places we’ve visited, we’re already talking about revisiting. We’d like to rent a car and return to the Tunnel of Love again some day, but next time on our own. And, we’d also like to take more time in a town we passed through on the way called Zhytomyr, which played an important role during World War II.

The logistics of traveling around Ukraine aren’t necessarily simple, so I’m appreciative for the opportunity to visit the Tunnel of Love so early in our time here. But I am also eager to return when the opportunity arises.

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2 Responses to “Standing in the Tunnel of Love”

  1. Jill

    So very beautiful!

    Reply
    • JoAnna

      It was beautiful. I wish we could have spent more time there.

      Reply

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