They’ve been gazing at the flame of this candle
as they sit face to face
within the beauty of their quiet space.
The potent hue being sent out by the tiny light
is polishing his face and shoulders
in golden subtlety.
Then he starts to speak
of a tumult in his youth…
watching him search for the right words
that will clarify his past.
But it seems a darker shade of light
is holding him away from a story to be told.
Or perhaps he feels remorse
for some incident being echoed
by the ghosts of a long-lost love.
She’s about to fall into a dream
when he calls out her name softly,
pulling her back to their special place
where she feels safe and warm again.