Maybe it was the full moon that cinched
me around my throat to remind me that

I am not in control. It does that, you know,
to the tide. The moon, a manic puppeteer,

operates water at will never even touching
a tear, never asking for permission. Just

takes command. As I slip away, am set aside,
ignored except for the wildfire glowering down

illuminating my emptiness, that great hole
in the middle of my being, unable to seize

a breath to bellow, I am left to cower
under the conflagration, to rest and ache.

But it will wane and fade once more and
I will gain perspective in its shimmer.

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