they’re only secrets if you don’t tell

words are lost
only to be found later
when they seem to mean less
there were so many things
that i wanted to say
but my tongue turned to stone
as my mind went mute
stricken by an invisible force
(fear is a terrible foe)
to be reignited by a fire
i thought long subdued in the bowels
of a wretched heart
time passes, and like oxygen
it feeds that distant blaze
and threatens to consume me
from the inside out
turning, my appreciation for life
now swells and recedes
like a turbulent tide
on an unknown, and moonlit shore
i see a ship on the horizon
so far away





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