Kikyo
Stumbled
Beside
The river-
You caught her,
Steadying
Her with one
Hand,
Eyes meeting
Eyes-
You dropped
The pole
That separated
You,
She fell against
Your heart,
As once you
Nestled
Against
Your mother's-
Breathless,
You embraced
Her-
Instead of
Pulling away
In disgust,
Your priestess,
Returned it,
The world
Falling
Away…

Fifty years
And more
Have passed,
Gut-torn
And bleeding
From your
Brother's
Hand,
Kneeling
At the well-
You clutch
Your
Second
Chance
Against
Your heart,
Hands shaking
From the
Pain.
Trusting,
Kagome rests
Against you
While you
Fumble,
Stealing
Shards
From her
Unnoticed-
Your body
Screaming
"No!"
As you
Send her
Tumbling
Back
Where
She
Belongs.