brittle coral

a brief flash
in plasticized reality
a ribbon of emotion
in a world of false
reactionary events
threads the needle
between vulgar sobriety
and inebriated wonder
as the salt swollen
boards shift dynamically
beneath bare feet
a thunder blizzard
over a dead patch
a plastic flotilla
rocking over brittle coral
a graveyard of dream
each weathered headstone
over interred poets
who dared to reach
too closely to the flames
of undeterred rejection
obscured by the water
an aquarium sitting
on a coffee table catching
the light of the sun
as refracted through
fingerprints on glass

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