embrace

i woke
a sheen of sweat
clinging to me
my heart
thundering
in my head
the hooves
of a clydesdale
stomping
in time
to the ever
increasing
intensity
of the pain
in forked tongues
through
my concussive
gray matter
the claws
of the harpies
clenched tightly
around my
throat still
clogged
with unsaid words.

i woke
cold
in an empty bed
with the
memory
of demonic
possession
forever
twisting my soul
into a mockery
of myself
in an attempt
to appease
the smitten
or the ones
that tossed me
in the trash
for something
better that
never came
less a man
more an idea
intellectual property
shaped like
a heart.

there is no sun today to greet
my pained expression of hopeless
need, just a gray blanket on the
bed and one over the sky
signifying this loneliness that
grips tight like a straightjacket
rather than a lover’s embrace

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