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Take a Breath

take a breath
and let the cool of night
settle in on your back
make the new vision hopeless
and come out renewed

when the variant tombs open case
and the dry death of limbs splays open 
with ancient breath
children of anger call on your name
while catacombs and undergraves
keep shaking chains still

can you hear volatile and virile
can you hear reticence and reptile
oh the very things that make men shake
the very things that push him to the edge

and what is it that all the world
     worries about at night?

When the quiet sets in
and the earth slows down—
     dead things have made a home in our souls
                 and we shake and moan
                             we hide and groan
                             because we are scared of ourselves. 


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