Opiate

The rains have always fallen here

where those who stalk the night

walk hidden from eyes behind dark glass

What’s new is this opiate haze

seeping into every breath

lungs filled, then exhaling terror

that rises with smoke to haunt the sky

and keep the forest’s eyes down

searching where the roots end

for something to hide inside

anything to help forget these apparitions

Working by candlelight is underrated.

Photo by Daniel Ap from Pexels

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