in crystalline lucidity

each step upon
the frozen river
fills the valley
with thunderously
echoed splintering
as the ice spirals
the surface littered
with icy waves and
unanswered prayers
glinting in the
sunlight filtered
through gray despair
the current never rests
a promise of darkness
among the drowned
dreamers wailing
in calcified refrains
reaching upwards
to strangle meaning
from innocuous faith
they stare upwards
blindly deplorable
in fetid desperation
seeking salvation
in desolate deliriums
hands floating hungrily
towards the warmth
forgotten in frigidity
a battalion of bloated
pale fists pummelling
the jagged underbelly
of broken ice floes
separating beauty from
the hell welling up
in crystalline lucidity

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