MADNESS

She came back from where

she had wandered

through twisted trees

with the scent of an orchard

on her breath.

She showed me a tongue

stained with crushed berries

unseen black birds

had planted in her thoughts.

No matter how hard I tried

to chase the black birds away,

her pupils widened

to let them back in,

her palms opened upward

to release their ashen forms

into the cold night air.

 

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