Painted Dragon

Dragon

Revised poem

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dragonfly

She could’ve been beautiful

But the makeup on her face

Amplified every imperfection

Made her seem unreal

Like a slipshod animation

*

We talked for hours

About philosophies

Too convoluted to consume

About ambitions

And the despair

That shapes realities

She would have sacrificed

Everything for the stage,

Instead, on her knees

Choking down creation

*

I find myself standing

On the same corner

Night after night

Surrendering

To the instincts

Of inhuman men

Selling pieces of my soul

For the abstractions

Of a primed syringe

*

We bought

An apartment together

On the lower end

No furniture or food

Only conversation,

The sustenance of fools

I remember

The hours piled upon hours

Of words so casually strewn

I remember

The weight of her shrinking skin

Defenseless beneath

The weight

Of our transient bones

I remember

Watching her fall

Shapelessly

Into addiction

My spirit too weak

To stall the descent

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Unanswered

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Letters cast into the sea

Return unanswered

Salty as unrequited love

There is no satisfying

A frivolous heart

*

Dreams held too long

Aloft, burden the courier

For whose heart

Can remain centered

On a sealed pursuit?

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Each stanza looks at a different extreme