angry with my heart
tip-toeing around blades and flames
here is the reason for despair
struck deep into stone and
lit by poisoned passion

toxic love remains
where nothing else can stand
chained in plain sight
where anyone
could see

left behind
i try to find a way through
my heart gone on ahead holds
the only map of this madness
afire it lights the way
then dies

darkness is total
confusion calls out to clarity
reaching in all directions
finding nothing
of use

hole in the night
caught at the edge teetering
okay and not okay
no help to find

leaving it behind is possible
light is rumored in the distance
pick up the pace and run
headlong away from
fear and doubt


Louie Spooner Bucklin       copyright 2016


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