With the setting sun the light upon the meadow began to fade. The evening winds danced in the sweet grass and spoke gently to the man still standing at the meadow’s edge.
“For seven years you have come here to mourn your love. You must come here no more. She came to you to release you and now you must release her. For seven years she has forgone the joys of her reward to come here and suffer with you. For seven years she has watched you stand here in this field from season to season and year to year.
You must come here no more. There is nothing for you here that is not already burned upon your heart. In another day, another time, this once again will be your special place, yours and hers and the two of you will never leave it, unless you leave together. It is not yet that time. You cannot stay here and you must not hold her to this place. It is time for you to go, to go on with the life that you have yet to live. It is time for you to go.”
Erinhue heard the message riding upon the wind and knew it to be the wind and word of truth. Another life awaited him. Another life that he held more dear than his own depended upon his presence and yet another would be devastated should he chose to ignore the truth and remain. There were little ones, brand new lives that would need wise stewarding as they began their way in life.
There was nothing for him here and everything beyond the confines of this recollection simply waiting for him to gaze in that direction. It was time to leave this place, to put away its memories, to release its ghosts, to revere its spirit and walk away.
For another moment Erinhue gazed out over the meadow. The silver light of the full moon cast feathery shadows sweeping across the sweet grass floor. For one last moment Erinhue allowed his heart to break as he sank down into the carpet of wild flowers and sent the pain back into the earth. In one more moment, he stood, drew three deep breaths, then turned towards the new life that waited. In one more and final moment, he spoke her name then turned and walked away.