Nightfall surrounds her
as contentment settles in
to blanket the coldness
with its warmth –
an air of relief upon silent lips.

The long waiting has been paid,
its meager wages more than enough
to satisfy the hunger
that yearned for this day
as a lost child for its mother.

Her heart embraces the quiet
and moves gently forward,
beating into the stillness
that has formed a river of hope
in the dark labyrinth that once existed.

Light has emerged again
into the soul, and has
awakened the knowledge
of all that can be,
and the veil lifts to expose peace.