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The first blast came from nowhere to her,
To her heart and her hands.
Hands that touched his,
Palm to palm, finger to finger,
Every digit leaning gently upon the others,
Melding a small cache
Of electric eclectic synapses
Softly between them.
Yet it came as no surprise;

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

The first blast came from somewhere within him,
In his heart and his hands,
Hands that touched hers,
Palm to palm, finger to finger,
Every digit leaning gently upon the others,
Melding a small cache
Of electric eclectic synapses
Softly between them.
Yet it came as some surprise;

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

The initial pillows of the explosion
Were numb with silent, sonic, relinquishment.
It blasted them light years apart,
Apart, apart from one, singular golden thread.
A chain of tenacious fire which endured,
Linking, binding. Holding fast,
Continuing the continuum, palm to palm,
Stretching out across vast immutable distances.
At first of space,
And then later, time.

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

Together yet apart they hurtled backwards,
To be caught warmly, effortlessly
By separate terra firmas of autonomous worlds.
Comfortable fields of bright corn
Arm in arm with solid landscapes of contentment.
And so it came to pass,
That the universe and its countless enchanting
Dimensions was a thousand ages away.
Yet the swirls on their fingertips tingled,
Mourning their loss, and reached for the stars-
Every morning when they awoke –
And again, every evening, before they slept,
Falling into the arms of Morpheus.

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

Every day their planets revolved,
The cogs of every hour rotated.
Ticking, tocking, clicking, clocking onwards.
Decades, then centuries burgeoned with life’s roller-coasters
The pages turned emitting
Joys and happiness, loves and fears –
For those who lived.
Tears and heartache – for those who died.
Passions, curiosities, trials, guiles and smiles.
All ensconced firmly within their hearts.
Ticking, tocking. clicking, clocking, onwards.

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

They died, and were reborn
An infinite, myriad of twisting times,
Beyond quantification.
Different lives, differing planets,
Alternate worlds, alternative dimensions.
Male or female, alike and unlike alike.
Aeons rose and insouciantly passed by,
Yet still, regardless of times toll,
The chain of fire between them remained.
Its warm glow oscillating back and forth in animated, rapacious pulses,

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

The fire burned them painfully at times,
And so certain measures were undertaken;
He took a blowtorch to his end of the chain,
She an angle grinder to hers.
All tallied up, they in turn tried;
Hammers, sickles, gelignite, flint and steel,
Hatchet, guillotines, pick-axe , chewing and stretching,
Gnawing of teeth, acid baths, anvils dropped, dynamite, grenades.
Use was made in fact, of the entire contents of the ACME warehouse;
All to no avail – the chain remained just as it was.
Immutable. Perpetual.
And a part of their souls were relieved.

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

Sometimes, in some lives,
One of them would twang the line,
Causing untold vibrations to electrify with joy,
Or dampen the other soul’s heart.
Sometimes the other would do just the same.
And this was welcomed,
For it conjured up pockets of remembered smiles;
Times when the stars waved at them
As they flew through the night skies with pounding child-like hearts and eyes.

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

One day when aeons beyond count had passed,
And they were both distant copies of their original selves,
The chain began to contract in a flash!
Like a cord shuttling back into a cosmic vacuum cleaner,
And BOOM, suddenly there they were once again;

Heart to heart.
Hands touching hands,
Wrinkled palm to palm,
Aged finger to finger;
Every digit leaning gently upon the others,
Melding a small cache of electric, eclectic synapses
Softly between them.
One set of murky cataracts
Gazing into the others.
Toothless smiles.
Radiant gums.

And it came as no surprise.

And the time was right now.

And it was beautiful.

It was, as it had always been, forever and a day.

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