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Embers

He looked in the usual place Suspending each moment high, as a torch he held against dim hope

Beneath the hulk of his childish need. He found the box as empty as those tired years dripping away, the grain of his blood.

There is an ache upon the fields. Beside the furnace he yearns to whisper aloud of a promise unkept

His lies are no longer white Stained red with fevers of impassioned memory blanketing winter’s soul

Longing for harvest, he sets out into the fields Embers of a fading promise keeping him warm.

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