all the time in the world

it takes off –

like a shot.


i try to follow it out

into oblivion,


but i am held down,

mired into this moment,


this fake contraption

with false starts


and widening gaps

and leering teeth.


the word within the word

opens and opens and


i am falling into the fissures.


if you honor the love, the joy, the light—

must you not also honor the opposites?


the divine darkness creeping along the edges,

the void that was there before you, before



:there can be no shape without shadow:


the flat light

spread under you like a

sheet of sea floor,


brilliant and



you can only see the stars

in the black of night;


they call to you–


from beyond,

from behind,

from within.


if you let them, they swell up

and burst out of your very heart.


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