He huddled close to her in the cold
and she leaned against his chest.
The graying sky dimmed
and streetlights sprung to life,
but they did not notice.
Lights streamed from nearby shops,
they were only two shadows on a bench,
and they went unnoticed.
For them, it did not matter,
they were caught up in the moment
crying silent tears
that only each of them
would ever understand
and time seemed to stand still,
if only for a moment.
Quietly, she cried
and he held her close
he whispered words
of comfort in her ear,
but there was nothing he could say
to ease the pain,
still – he tried.
Even in his own sorrow,
he tried to comfort her –
he held her hand, he kissed her face
and he stayed strong, because she needed it.
You could see the sadness he carried
he held his tears, to let her own flow free,
but his face was one large canvas of pain.
They held each other close in the darkness,
the yellow glow of streetlights
the shadows of light from nearby shops
surrounded them in a beautiful glow,
but they recognized none of its beauty.
They sat and cried,
for the child that grew inside her
was never coming home.
(c) Sumyanna 2017