the sunset melted above our fingers
and drained through the spaces like the sand

but then i recognized fear and closed my hand.

then he told me, "with your hands closed so tight
nothing can come in or come out. but if you loosen
your hands like this," – and at this moment in time
he moved my hands gently and our eyes locked –
"then some thing wonderful can fill the spaces and
you will never be alone again."

he put his hand in mine and turned his back from
the falling sunset.

and behind us it kept splashing and bursting
full of colors and inspiration and hope and
we walked away from the sunset to the sunrise
of new birth and beginning and light.

we walked together again hand in hand.
but this time:
unafraid.