Stumbling on a picture

of two people, smiling

her eyes closed

his right hand on her waist

her head on his left shoulder

his left arm across her body

both of her hands holding his arm

But now

unfamiliar to each other.


He unpeeled her mind

Delicately tracing

its synapses

Navigating the patterns

of her thoughts

carefully unpacking

each one

Precisely choosing his words

to set her ablaze.