The day when she replied
she'd almost faded from my mind.
I had put aside my longings
and got on with life.

Her room in my heart
had shrunk to a small compartment
barely holding enough space to spark a fire.

I sat quietly in the lounge
admiring my surroundings,
pondering her words
and the futures they might hold.

My heart no longer frail,
no longer open to the pain,
trapped in a compartment
full of hope.