this tumbled lie
a child’s spilled blocks
a gambled house of cards
smiles served cold and warm
skin nail-scratched and rock-torn
toes in sand and laughter in burning breezes
tears over caskets and bridal first dances
this constructed truth
vows broken and oaths taken
stolen glances and smoldering leaves
kisses and biting teeth
gooseflesh that smells of sun
this beautiful misery...
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