it's you and me, the fragrant full-blossomed yellow rose you gave me in one hand, my other hand intertwined with yours. my heart is pounding and i wonder, in this enormous silence, if you can hear it. i grip your hand tighter and we take one step forward--a step forward i've been waiting all my life to make. i look up at you, nervous and shy, and meet your gaze. your lips spread into a smile and i feel my eyes welling with tears--tears of joy.