I woke and felt the fell of dark in arms of July

Like many a lonesome rose riotously blooming, I have kissed darkness
on the mouth and found it’s only light hiding behind a veil,
as embers of delicate peach ignite the distant sky
“the world is cruel and full of lies,” I heard darkness whisper
as two birds ultimately come to rest upon a branch.

It’s all right to re-evaluate after every passing decade, as strands of poet’s hair
shimmering brilliantly in the sun undergo change,
it’s human to feel the light and dark
it’s human to fall prey to viciousness every now and then,
cut me and I will bleed red just as you
I have this feeling that you want me to believe you are incapable of love
when life seems tough and spirit feels low, remember my words
‘you were created to wade in unknown waters’
“we cannot fence in hope,” I heard darkness mumble
as one of the birds flapped its wings in approval.

Blackness now descending floods the city as gloaming dies,
while ghosts in a cemetery nearby cause lurkers to not make a sound
the landscape is a dried-up hole where prosperity once reigned,
“pain brings out the worst in people,” darkness said to me
as clouds drape themselves over the trees
this is what the world will look like once Chernobog takes over,
I glanced away so that darkness could not see my tears.

Asudden a glass upon the side table topples and falls to the ground,
I sit bolt upright with my heart pounding
and memory of the dream as fresh as they come
the beauty of dystopia
is that it allows us to experience the worst possible version of reality
and while the struggle between opposing forces is real
I can’t help but wish that it didn’t have to be this way
as two birds basking in the morning light circulate gently
when a new season begins.
Like many a lonesome rose riotously blooming, I have kissed darkness
on the mouth and found it’s only light hiding behind a veil.

 

Photo credits: Chernobog & Belobog @ anarh1a

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