Umla & Tamra

Umla & Tamra
(As told by a Storyman in Illi)

Umla once lay in darkness.
Umla was alone.
Umla slept in his loneliness and darkness.
And there was no life.

Tamra soared above Umla.
Darkness was dispelled.
Umla awoke and looked above him.
Above Umla was Tamra.

The Light of Tamra shone upon Umla.
Umla reached up to Tamra.
With Umla reached the reeds.
With Umla reached the waters.
With Umla reached the earths and soils.
Tamra smiled down on Umla,
At dawn and dusk, Tamra blushed at Umla’s yearning,
But Umla could not touch Tamra.
In her sorrow, Tamra wept,
And the waters fell upon Umla.

The Light of Tamra shone upon Umla.
Umla reached up to Tamra.
With Umla reached the trees.
With Umla reached the fishes.
With Umla reached the waters.
Tamra smiled down on Umla,
And Tamra wove a cloth of bright stones for Umla to wear,
And Umla wore Tamra’s gems in his waters.

Umla reached forth to Tamra,
And with him reached all things that crawl,
And all things that walk,
And all things that swim,
And these things leapt and danced with Umla,
Bathed in her smiles,
Bathed in her blushes,
Bathed in her jewels,
Bathed in her tears,
But Umla could not touch Tamra.

Tamra sighed and whispered her love for Umla,
And her sighs and whispers carried forth,
And moved the reeds,
And moved the waters,
And moved the trees,
And moved Umla,
And Umla reached forth to Tamra,
And with Umla reached the creatures that fly,
And they danced upon Tamra’s sighs,
And they soared upon her whispered love,

Umla felt Tamra in all things,
And Umla sent forth all things to be embraced by Tamra,
And as we come from Umla, we look to Tamra for light.
We are bathed in her tears when she weeps for Umla.
We are caressed by her sighs and whispered love.