She Trusted You

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Her peril still rings
Through those smoldering ruins
Where I’ll never tread
With a vast
Arsenal of strength

She lingers at the stern
Barely forgotten
As the terrible scream
I dream to evade

“Where have you gone?”
Is her piercing refrain
That drives my conscience
To savor, each morsel of regret

“How could I?”
Larks only from within
As a traveling ghoul
In pursuit
Of each step I take

The Iron Binds of Havoc

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I surrender
Flatlining
In the restless deep of fear

As nightfall showers
All around
And I crumble
Overtaken
By the binds of panic

My thoughts are hollow
And left for the fog
To be preyed upon by voices
By daylight’s static mayhem

Few words
Can flee these lips
When the dark
Has laid its claim

When time drags
And drones without motive
And sleep
Is the lone road
To the warmth of honest relief

Ketchum

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The world’s he kept
All tremored the same
In the scalding flash
Before, the sprawl of night

A wall of white
Set the soils ablaze
And gorged savagely 
Upon the lives, tenderly sown

How they dreamed
To draw in the morning wisp
To unfold masterfully 
Bold, beautiful and tragic 

They now stream
Beyond his battered flesh
In lockstep 
For the great drainage of time

Unmended Chasms

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Pedaling in reverse
I speed through former years
Full with dismay
And the careless droning present

Across battered roads
The great chasms
I’ve left unmended 

Where rivers gush
With the turmoil of old
Stocked
With the vigor I’ve lost

I backtrack
With the greatest haste
Through the sprawl of evergreens
The teaming refuge of youth 

How I once loved
And thrived heartily
Untethered, lost and hopeful

But I must defer
From the gathering fog
And trail on, brazen
For the tragedy nested afar