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Phantoms, whirling
Beyond my grasp as I stroke the sky
Of familiar faces
Whom vanished from sight as our bonds died

Day in, day out
Waking up just to fall asleep again
Where is there meaning
When life exists just to end

Bonds of iron
Of friends who said we'd never forget what we had
Lost to ages
Lost beneath the waves in black cloth clad

Now where do I stand?
Alone with memories
Of flames and peacefulness
Of love and lust

Can you hear me talking?
Through time and space again
This Jisei of mine
Would be my only comfort in this world of solitude

My red flame, so dear
Dragged me down when I tried to keep us both alive
Lays beside me
Both beyond wasted and we both survived

A streak of pink light
Flashed before my eyes and was gone before I could blink
Reached out to me
But vanished before my eyes before I had a chance to think

We traded scars together for an entire year
Alluring senpai
Her final mark on me left me stranded with my fears

Westward ally
Opened up my mind to how this world works
Marching forward
Swimming to tomorrow while blinding by the murk

And what of tomorrow?
My life predicted by
The ways of the world
Wake up just to fall asleep

Can you hear me talking?
Through life and death again
This Jisei of mine
Would be my only comfort in this game of mice and men

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