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I straddle the peak of this roof.
Nightbright snow burns my unshoed feet
& they burn it back.
I shiver at the effort of this white-on-white battle to-the-death.
I quiver until the shingles scrape at my toes.

Stiffly these legs obey my orders & climb the bloody chimney.

The wind silences my pleas for mercy, yet I
unfold myself into a bird & then into a diver.
Cupping my hands I feverishly scratch at
peeling-paint clouds; these crumble and flake to the ground.

One heavensent gust collects under the swan feathers tied in my hair
& I ascend owl-eyed to the top of this night.

Crashing in through the scab I picked open, I land with a woosh.
I peel ice from my eyes and grab at stars with greedy hands
almost forgetting why I came.
They sting like blue-hot coals.
I hurl them back.

Frowning indignantly at singed palms,
I blink several times.
My eyes water & the tears freeze in their ducts.
My breath becomes irregular and shallow.

I find a divan and drape myself acrost it on my back.
Making circles with my hands,
I form a telescope of skin & bone.
With a sweep of longing acrost the fiery sky,
I straighten my fingers and widen my eyes.

Flashes of blinking red reflect against luminous metal.
This manmade wonder taunts me from just out of reach.
Straining and wishing do nothing.


I shove phrases out my mouth like baby birds from the nest.
I shoot words-like-arrows farther than I can see.

I shove phrases out my mouth like baby birds from the nest.
I shoot words-like-arrows farther than I can see.
Far enough for you to hear.
Far enough for you.
unofficial sequel to "Death by Obscurity" [link]

live to tell the tale-passion pit
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InfinityOnTheRun Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
They sting like blue-hot coals.
I hurl them back.


and

I form a telescope of skin & bone.

Gorgeous. :wow:
The imagery in this is lovely.
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londonrey Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Imagery writes itself in my head.
Thank you so much for all the comments, I sincerely appreciate it. (:
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Wolf-Flash Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Oh, the torturingly beautiful imagery!!!!
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:iconlondonrey:
londonrey Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Thank you so much!!
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storyofmylife054 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
lovvveeee passion pit!!
and this is amazing! I don't know how you do it!
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londonrey Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I don't know how I do it either. (:
These things just play in my head like movies.
Thanks you so much love.
Passion Pit is my favorite!!
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storyofmylife054 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Mmm that makes sense.
You're welcome!
CHYEAH THEY ARE AWESOME!
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Yelshua Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
The first couple of stanzas make me think of Pokemon Blakc and White. The rest of it is amzazing...:)
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londonrey Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Hahaha! Why Pokemon??
And thank you! :heart:
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Yelshua Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Pokemon because the imagery makes me think I am in a battle with the new legendary from Black.
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