This Mortal Lament

Beauchamp-Cooke-GraveRemember me in a sigh
Left behind in shadows
And inside closed rooms
In these echoing vibrations
Native to someone else
Vibrant like melodies
These shifting frequencies
That I cannot escape
Even from the grave

Honor me in a scream
Crashing like waves
And slamming into shore
Eviscerally gutting
Leaving nothing inside
In this encompassing void
Where my voice used to be
This uncanny reflection
Refracted like firelight

Forgive me in a second
Categorically nondescript
And silent as a tomb
In this neverending time
That gives and takes away
This whisper’s breadth
Exhaled to match my mood
The moment before the last
Such appropriate drama

But never pity me
In the hollows of your soul
Carved out of steel wool
Because life may be delusional
But death solidifies truth
Flatlined and calcified
Unyieldingly hard
Slipped under soft earth
One last eternal sigh

To disturb your unsteady footing.


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