When the man

and the woman

arrived at the party


they never

kissed or hugged

or held hands like lovers

yet something electric


between them.

The people noticed

that the room became

a little brighter

and they saw that she

was very protective of him

and he

was very protective of her

and their emotions

seemed exposed

on their very skin

and appeared to run

ancient and deep.

When they looked

at each other

their knowing smiles

glowed a regal purple.

Their names

when spoken together

seemed like something

out of Shakespeare.

The energy that flowed

between them

was both electric

and loving

and familial

but too intense

for brother and sister.

No cross words

ever passed between them

as if they held their caring

which appeared strong;

fragile and precious.

When they left

the room became

a little darker

and duller

and more ordinary

and the people

they left behind

held their own loves


and wishing

they could follow


jealously desired

to have

for them selves

what they had seen

in the two

mysterious strangers



About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

2 Responses to Quintessence

  1. James Mcfarland says:

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