The man in black courted the woman in white,
and everyone around them whispered fears
to one another about what fate awaited her.
His hands, they assured one another
–the only aspect of consensus to emerge
from this gossip–had or would soon have
some awful stain upon them.
His guilt was only latent.
as if to prove no earthbound angels existed,
it was she who broke his heart,
not in rejecting him but in refusing him
the fidelity he had given her
To the surprise of many
he also forgave her without pause
or consideration, absolved her
without hesitation, never offering
Love entices us, yet gives us cause to fear.
We will dive in headfirst