Monday, December 13, 2021

Today someone opened a box of darkness
and threw the contents all over me.
It got into my eyes and teeth,
and drowned my mind
'til I could hardly breathe.
Now I peel the scabs from my eyes
and drain the dark into ink.
I swim and swim
and wash away with words,
the shower of pain,
swim
swim
the burnt offering
the incense smoke
the fragrant coffee steam
transmogrification
holocaust
and rain

the soot in the rain
runs down my face -
shut the box -
light a candle,
survive,
I see you,
I see you,
trying to make a better world.

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