Poetry

swallow the stars

swallow the stars
whole.

glow from the inside out
as the pain of what you’ve done
spreads seeping through your body
filling your veins
with excruciating light.

close your eyes against it and
find it’s to no avail
the bright follows, the light suspends
behind your eyes, pinpricks
finding their way out
working their way in.

sell yourself for borrowed silver
scatter it on the ground as later
you cry out for a redemption
that never came.

finally
submit to the silence
you’ve swallowed the stars now
and there is no one else
there is just becoming
numb.

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