HE TURNED TO SEE IF SHE

He turned to see if she

was still asleep, and

she

was.

He paused to

watch her breathe.

Her skin was luminous

in the darkness,

and her hair

black

against

the pillow.

For awhile his will

to rise and begin

was

tested.

Only an inkling

of hope in restlessness

moved him into the next

room.