VERSE | ATOMIC GRIEF

When I look inside of you 
Into the very depths of you
Do you know what I see?
Two stormy mushroom clouds
Looming wetly in your eyes
Grey harbingers of doom
They roil and linger in the room
I’m afraid; I’m mesmerized
Then Boom! Everything is gone
In the ferocity
Of your atom bomb
Atomic, Anatomic, Catatonic
The fearsome stillness after the storm
Your atoms ravaged out of form

When I look inside of you
I see vanquished fields beneath
The clouds of smoke and acid rain
I see the skeletons of trees
The mucid ashes of flowers and bees
They were rustling, bustling, hustling
Their atoms dancing merrily
You plucked each atom from its orbit
In the fierceness
Of your tragedy
Calamity, Catastrophe
You heaved your mighty weight upon it
Smote your world beneath your feet

When I look inside of you
I see the heaving cosmos
Suns and planets whirling, swirling
In the vast blue-blackness
Meteors like fireworks
Blazing exultant trails
Shimmering tails, Star-burnished sails
The firmament a holy grail
You crush the heavens in your fist
You flick your angry blue-bruised wrist
The sky comes crashing down
Molten lava on the ground
Seismic vapor all around
I can taste it in my mouth

But when I look at you from here
You sit there statue-still
Not an eyelash moves at all
You are transparent, mystical
Ethereal, Apparitional
But within
Clandestine, Hidden
There are raging storms
Carrying sand and ice alike
I feel a chill in my bones
And all of hell’s feverous might
And all the while you look at me
Your skin shrouded in serenity
While in a loop, relentlessly
You break and shatter on the inside.

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