Pain streaked through crimson knuckles
Dry brown eyes gazed blankly at the night sky
His brain shocked by numbness
As an icy talon dug its way into his empty chest
He closed his eyes to relive a silent memory.
The pause was long and quiet
His simple words felt like leaves drifting lazily in an autumn breeze,
Weaving a path through the air with no purpose
Once part of something beautiful
But now scattered across the dead ground.
He kept his head down
As frozen agony spread around his skull.
A void filled his torso
Impaled his lungs
Acid dripped from a still heart.
Her once beautiful face
Now looked down on him with an ugly pity
Comforting words piercing his bleeding heart
With ruthless intensity.
A scream tore itself from his soul
Ripping through his body,
Crumbling his mind.
A flood of memories burst forth
Razor sharp emotions
Slicing the threads of his being.
He smiled with understanding
Realized his stupidity.
She looked at him
Open worry in her eyes
He looked at her
Hollow loneliness in his own.
Iron mingled with salt
As he pressed his hands to his face
His throat raw
His eyes red
His knuckles bloody
His brain dead
His soul beaten
His heart broken.
Punished for his blindness
Obsessed with his ignorance
Zealous in his hope
Obsolete in his love.
He hugged his knees
Shivering from the cold
Trembling with misery
A pathetic figure huddled against the shadows.
Wet black eyes bored into clenched hands
Exhausted he closed his eyes
Only to remember.