She calls me now where once she hid frozen,
afraid of dark paned windows,
conjured menace staring blankly in.
I first returned to grasp at shards of understanding
and found instead a small hand needing mine,
we stood together, unafraid.
There was a magma shift, the hard and inky dark
shape-changed by love’s reagent into brightness,
the bond of trust rewarding us with grace.