shattered

a window cracked today
without a sound
I saw the spider’s silk
slowly spread across the pane
like translucent lightning
in an icy world
hauntingly drawing me
into another daydream
a child in white runs, turns, smiles,
the sun glimmers in my eye
and the child is gone.
I’m in a room, no windows, no doors,
no way out
looking up I see the painful sky
a giant bird of prey swoops
metamorphosing into streaks
sienna and umber, teeth and claws.
through a tiger’s eye, deer
hundreds run together
a pang of hunger strikes
lust, desire.
run, run.
run like the child in white
in the distance,
heat thunder crashes
the glass burst
lies shattered about my feet
silvery splinters
tiny tears of blood
shed upon the cold wooden floor
as reality emerges again
in surprise.

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