Cars in the street:

 

Each of us

In steel and silence.

 

Rouse the soul

Which sleeps.

 

Collect the shards

The day breaks into

 

Coalesce.

 

Gather to you

The wasted moments

 

Darkened words

 

Pointless loathing

 

Begin

Again

 

 

So we gave you a day.

 

Some hours in which

Your names and lives

Might shine.

 

Wasn’t that nice?

 

A cycle of light

In which your hearts

Became the world.

 

We gave you this day

 

So when we cast you back

Into the doubts

Of night

 

We won’t feel so bad

 

For being the ones

Who took the dreams

From your eyes.

A happy machine

Sings to you of the sunshine;

A bright-voiced engine.

 

From dark oiled chambers

Where combustion burns its soul

Comes your strength and smiles.

 

You switch the settings:

Perfect joy to empathy

Deep as calming night.

 

When the day is done

You can turn its feelings off

And watch it fall apart.

Burn through the words:

Get paid.

 

Twist the knife,

Make it hurt,

Make them love you.

 

Cash in their dreams:

Give them shackles.

 

Pay the price,

Then

Push it.

 

Perform, persuade:

Get the sale.

 

Get in touch

With your

 

Higher

Noble

Purpose.

 

Save the smiles,

For when they’re watching

 

Live the lie,

Then

Push it.

Increasingly

We live

 

For those moments

Which are

 

Rare

But delicious:

 

Whispers,

Graces,

 

A touch on the cheek,

 

Or a kiss

At midnight.

I:

When we were both young

The sunshine flowed through our veins,

But our eyes were dark.

 

II:

You’ve been gone so long;

You have faded into wind,

Into whispers, dreams.

 

III:

Looking to the sky,

It reminds me of your soul:

Endless, distant.

 

IV:

There is a country

Where I might have known your heart

Free from its shadows.

Your blood calls out,

Sings between heartbeats

To me

 

 

And echoes

Through my days

And leads me back

 

 

To what he left us;

The night,

This broken country

 

 

And its ghosts,

Asking again

How it is

 

 

We all come back

To gaze upon

His one fixed star?

In some places,

Audacity is mistaken

For Light

 

 

And Truth

Is a thing for shadows

 

 

In these places

You might burn

So brightly

 

 

And leave

With only ashes in your soul

 

 

Should the walls come down

It will not be due

To an insufficient brilliance

 

 

But rather that some places know blindness

Places like this

I:

This day has ended;

In its triumph or its doom,

Which fire paints the sky?

 

II:

This flame of sunset;

Is it the sweetness which burns,

Or its bitterness?

If I could see myself through the eyes of God: outside of Time, all things at once…

I would see the boy dreaming and the man standing alone.

My love for her, forever blooming; the empty night which never stops.

All summers, all sunsets; they’re always swelling, they never stay.

And in these days, to see bliss frozen; and in my yearnings, a deathless flame.

All triumphs, all heartbreaks: forever rising, to fall forever.

Would it help me understand–this coming from darkness, this ending in darkness? To know the light which goes between?

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