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Frayed

by Richard Vince

All the light has disappeared,
And I'm drowning in the darkness...
Rattling the bars of the post sunset cage
That forms a blanket over me
And smothers all the breath remaining.

It's looming up ahead...
The inevitability of the emptiness,
The small but noticeable void
That will always remain in sight.

The feeling inside is the regret
I swore I would never harbour,
But is doomed to fester
In a dark corner of my immortal soul
Until the final star blinks out
And sails to its eternal sleep
In the velvet oblivion of the sky
To end all skies.

Perhaps these threads will once more
Intertwine as they did so briefly
Just a whispered fragment ago.
Or perhaps I was destined to
Find myself unable to assemble
A sentence from the splintered
Words hiding somewhere within me.

These words I write now, under
The gaze of the first star of the night
Cannot repair the frayed edge
With which I am now left as the
Chill of evening descends.

But they can help me forget
The emptiness I saw when her eyes
Met mine, and turned away again
Without a flicker of feeling.

For this is the memory to which I
Will never admit, because I fall
For the might have been without
Really acknowledging what might have been.

This, then, is my fate...to mourn
All the missed opportunities that
I could never have taken.

05/11/2002

Posted on 05/23/2002
Copyright © 2019 Richard Vince

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