An Incident During Rough Times

Just as rain races from clouds, ash showers us, blocking the sun’s light.
Screaming skin, belonging to worn bodies,
trudge through the soot below.
Involuntaily, your heart tries to break though your blistering layer,
for freedom from its burdens.
Too vexed to stop, you continue on.

As if one large cattle movement,
we crawl together around the heating globe,
trying to find flight to somewhere safe.
Your burned limbs erode as this journey is an on-going.
Your voice box lurches in cries, joining the other yelps of pain.
Too vexed to stop, you continue on.

You’re eyes won’t see what your body is truly suffering from,
because a future is being saught.
Your lungs remain filled due to the fear
lining the underside of your ribs,
restricting them to retreat.
Yet, enigmatically, the oxygen whispers up your throat,
making a quiet escape,
not realizing that pure oxygen cannot be inhaled again from the buring air.
Smoke cradles you, while flames attempt to nail your feet to the ground.
Too vexed to stop, you continue on.

The blood underneath your darkening integument boils,
in its veins,
reaching to jump out.
Thin, needling heat ellipses around your wrists as manacles.
Compelling you to the ground, challenging you to stand up.
Your melting bones begin to become frail,
but too vexed to stop, you continue on,
knowing your eyes shall see farther,
your bones shall stand you stornger,
your will shall be more potent than before,
and you shall see the future you were looking for.

An Incident During Rough Times

PaigeWest

Joined May 2009

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