Extinguished

 

I created this painting for the Month of Love challenge, for the prompt 'Lost in Translation'.

 

However real, however overwhelming and enticing their memory of lost love is, there is no way to ever summon back the connection that once burned between them. Like a fire that has just died, the scent remains, but the heat is lost. And trying to cling to one another, is like trying to cling to smoke.

And yet, the scent of smoke, the heat, lingers.