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  • Lena Drake

The Dismal Man

Updated: Mar 30, 2023



You’re dimmer than you were before

they swallowed you whole.

Before the sound of your heart aching

was muffled by the black of somebody’s throat.

Before your eyes adjusted to emptiness

and squinted once they saw the outside.

How quickly that which was close to us becomes

foreign and soon, forgotten.

How quickly we shy away from the sun.



Photo By: Kelly Balch

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