embers in april

You are a high-functioning human being.

Blink.

Pretty enough to approach, smart enough to succeed, balanced enough to

Blink.

-Roll an ember around in your hands-

-Roll-

-an ember-

Blink.

I have friends that slink around in the heavily pregnant shadows of a wet evening

They know me so well.

Sometimes they want to terrify me, sinking their burnt coal fingernails sharp into old memory;

Sometimes they pour sticky toffee sweet love all over me, huddling into my neck like lap dogs;

They visit at odd, disjointed times

To whisper and weave and cackle and growl;

I try to breathe deeply to find peace but they know

I want to fight and bleed and hurt others and be hurt

-Roll an ember around in your hands-

-Roll-

They know that I am bored.

-an ember-

Blink.

You are a high-functioning human being.

 

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embers in april

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