i am defining
nothing but myself here
beneath this cold white sun

i am placing my right hand
over the eyes
of a child i never had and
only one of us casts
a shadow

it’s not an
admission of guilt
it’s an act of salvation

look at this land

a grey stretch of valley between
defeated hills
and all of these burning houses
that people call home

all of the pain stored away
but never forgotten

more than enough to bring
de chirico to his knees
and still none of us leave

i know these roads

i understand
that they all go somewhere
but i have been losing my way
for the past twenty years

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