The night was so dark.
It was in its darkness that a love was broken. The bonds were not strong enough to last the test of time. The light from the heart not strong enough to guide them home.
Perhaps they had wandered too far from each other, got separated, and then could not find their way back.
They got lost in the dark.
But it was also in the darkness that they found what they were looking for.
As the sun comes up on a new day, its rays find them. Not together, but happy.
In the darkness, they find the light.
I wish I could have been your light to always guide you home.
But I am happy that we have each found what we need. Our journey was not in vain. For if we had not walked the path together, in the dark, we would not have been able to see the light at its end.
Brooke Nicholas was born in Dawson Creek, BC, lives in Calgary, Alberta, and still thinks of Nelson, BC as home. She’s been dating since she was 15 and hunting since she’s been 31. She usually writes stories about wolves. This is not one of them.
text © Brooke Nicholas 2017
photography © Jennifer Weihmann
used with permission; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
SCREW CHOCOLATE: 14 Queer Valentines To Help You Survive February 14 is a collaborative project by YYC Queer Writers. We get together intermittently to… write. Also, laud our lovers. Commiserate about our exes. Read each other what we wrote. Explain what we want to write. Try to justify why we aren’t writing it. Go home and write it. Come back. Share it… repeat.
Valentine 1: Mountains & Moments by T
Valentine 2:Karma, in Pronouns by Marzena Czarnecka
Valentine 3: The Long Commute by L. Sara Bysterveld
Valentine 4: It Happens Like This by Dana Stan
Valentine 5: Try by M. Jane Colette
Valentine 6: Sunrise by Brooke Nicholas
Valentine 7: Want by T
Valentine 8: Get The Fuck Up & Love by Dallas Barnes
Valentine 9: Elizabeth by Nola Sarina
Valentine 10: Instructions by PW Zelli
Valentine 11: Unmentionables by Alyssa Linn Palmer
Valentine 12: The Shy Girl’s Guide to Sexting by M. Jane Colette
Valentine 13: Delivery by Elisa Kae
Valentine 14: Alter Ego In A Red Tie by Lotis Cervantes