the first looked at the world
with eyes that saw nothing,
somehow less than nothing,
as the echoing heartbeat of emptiness traced itself across her skin.
the second looked at the world
with a soul that saw everything,
so much more than everything,
as a bright and breathless infinity hovered just beyond her grasp.
neither could fathom the heavy syllables
that it would take to explain their lonely solar systems,
so they sat in silence,
pouring chaos between their fingers,
each falling into the quiet trap
that the other