by | Poetry, Winter 2023

Under a thickly woven labyrinth
A thatch, I cannot breach
I scream for you and watch
As you set yourself ablaze
I breathe in smoke, my chest catching fire
Burning with words I could not say
Singeing my lungs and
Scorching my tongue
I cannot breathe.

Cowering in fear
Strangled by vines of tangled sorrow
I find you beneath the ash
On a forest floor
Diseased with trees thin and broken
A chassis of what once was
Full of life and flourishing
You return to the earth, engulfed by soil
To mend your wounds and heal your burns

It is still
and silent.
Your torment
Yet I am left gasping for air.