Painstaking (a poem)

I’ve taken painstaking care

to avoid this moment

when the hot solar flares

take away my chance at atonement

for the crimes I’ve committed

& the lovers I’ve lost

for the criminals I’ve acquitted

& the innocent lives it cost

we never really outrun our pasts

they slowly become our future

we hold onto delusions until the last

moment, ending in mental torture

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