Just Barely Short Enough (Hour 12)

An emptiness within an emptiness,
ever consuming the only means of escape,
with passionate desolation.

The darkness is but a pierced blanket
adorned with a brilliant multitude of stars.
At no edge is it ever thick enough
to deny the light of inspiration.

Time brings bright smiles and young laughter,
new love and a sense of belonging.
Desire grows to fight against the swelling apathy,
to take life back from the clutches
of disillusionment and abandon.

Choking upon an untrue breath
using love as a means to cheat death.
It is a lie that erases,
the difficulty of struggling.

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