The crackling sound of the wood
burning slowly and deliberately
comforts her in the cold winter night.
Wrapped in woolen warmth she rests
as the mesmerizing orange glow
captures her thoughts…
refusing release.
Carried away beyond time,
they fill her with a longing
that betrays the façade
she had so carefully conceived.
Memories fill the corners
of her mind and slowly come to life –
erasing space and reason.
There is no past.
Only the present and emotions
that betray the moments unreconciled.

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