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I hold with those who favor fire*

The world burned
in the dark, the light held back
by closed eyes
and excuses – but

I went looking
for you anyway.

Someone, somewhere, smiled –
eyes dull, hands closed, mouth
tight and unforgiving,
a woman caught
in a cage, yelling at her
jailer, her own reflection staring back
at her. I shut her out. I forgot her
with blind purpose.

I went looking
for you anyway.

The world drowned
one drop at a time, one
small sacrifice of clarity
and certainty, a swelling tide
of ignorance and shit,
lies living between the reasons
given and received, a bitter sacrament
that you took without question – but

I went looking
for you anyway.

The cup spilled over, the wine
gone dry. There’s nothing left
to drink but me; with one swallow
the world will comes to rights,
with one kiss, the world will stop
and start again, with one wild
bit of love
you will be alright.

Because knowing what I know,
and all the things I’ve seen, darling –
I went looking for you, anyway.

*this is a line from Frost’s Fire and Ice.

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