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a prayer between light and dark

dear god or whatever
you can begin me now
begin me on a whiteboard
a blackboard
anything that can be erased

my cookie was baked with bad blood
begin me as if I were a dying fish
on an alien shore 
gulping
impossible air

i took myself to the edge
my chicken heart clutching
a chicken-hearted prayer
sorry

i think i am resurfacing
maybe drowning
only ducks and whales
can speak of this kind of
up and down life

a magnificent whatever
ate me up
like a half-eaten sandwich

i want to say the date I died
but it’s only a margin on a blank page
a ledger of poetry never written

now I am ready to begin
to wipe this face away

to hide myself away 
behind your big light
i really mean it

i think


Copyright © Eric Ashford

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