& it's breaking a p a r t,
falling into an abyss where
flowers die as they bloom & (white) is
just another way to say
black. darkness is daylight, the sun
sets while it rises, & the oceans are
composed of lithogenous sediments.
the clouds rain blood &

the stars rise from hell & shoot through the thin
atmosphere taking, taking,
taking until there's

- - -

left to give.