covers my eyes, cups my tears
silencing riots on my street
weep in pain, tear in memory
stills, neurotic moments forge wrinkles on my forehead.
Cringing hair pulls against a scalp itching with
embarrassment, contempt, fear, and blues.
In attempt to light my cigarette,
I set myself on fire.
I set myself on fire: yellow, red, blazing orange-
ruptures of pity, rifts of sorrow
waves of monstrosity swallow
Swimming, I break surface
with pharaoh’s coldness
at faces closest.
Now, murder? No longer
empathetic, casual, polite.
Skeptical; dark, ominous smudges of lie
in every eye
Embarrassment, contempt, fear, and blues
I set myself on fire
in attempt to light my cigarette
There is no moral to this story
just thoughts, hopes for sunny tomorrow
fire in my sky
without help of a lighter