Epitaph

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The day I found the words

By their light I’ve been led

I walked into a darkened room

Embraced its thrill instead

 

A newer world I found, not better

The beasts changed the skins

That day I found the words

& they haven’t left me since

 

Sheltered ‘neath a warm shroud

of grace that pumps from the heart

In a room of ice & sorrow,

dreams & reckless lies

 

Desperately benign, I was

a theory wrong before the start

There still lives a shattered wish

Eternally it dies

 

’cause the day I tried to live

Is all that I can celebrate

Staring back from wastes of mind

In my regressive state

 

That was when the words possessed

the bitter, faithless prince

splashed with waves of ink & blood

& lines that can’t convince

 

Never to be told again

The tale only I knew

Written in my eyes

It somehow reached a random few

 

& forever to be borne

The weight of all that’s true

I keep inside, so that it wouldn’t

Find its way to you

 

’cause all I wanted was to see

The way this road begins

Before we moved

I found the words

& they haven’t left me since

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