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Sunlight pouring across your skin, your shadow

flat on the wall.

The dawn was breaking the bones of your heart like twigs.

You had not expected this,

the bedroom gone white, the astronomical light

pummeling you in a stream of fists.

You raised your hand to your face as if

to hide it, the pink fingers gone gold as the light

streamed straight to the bone,

as if you were the small room closed in glass

with every speck of dust illuminated.

The light is no mystery

the mystery is that there is soemthing to keep the light

from passing through.


Richard Siken

Bad End

how much longer must i remain

in this frozen hell

my body and mind have frozen all over

ice cages me indefinitely

this world is so cold

i do not wish to remain in it

but Her wrathful power scares me into submission

and Her sweet lullabies lull me to sleep

i no longer know who i am

my entired existence depends on her

i have sacrificed my identity

so that i could become one of hers

a foolish decision

i now no longer exist

but this is what i wanted

to waste away in a world where nobody would miss me

wouldn't it be nice

to be able to disappear in a moment's glance

and nobody would blink, nobody would mourn

and you could shift in and out of existence at will

unfortunately, such a blessing does not exist

and i am stuck with my feet on the ground

my wings clipped behind my back

doomed to the earth, doomed as a human