unsteady.

i am not quite sure
how i got it so wrong so fast
there was so much heat
and then the crush of winter
and i burn my tongue
on deep deep ice.
i am sorry
that i believed
when you said
“come”
when you said
“yes”
when you said
“stay.”
i feel small and unsteady
unsure this ground will hold.
i know i am the sea
wild and invasive
overbearing and without borders
i know i flooded everything
(drowning you
like i always do)
but i am also the sky
limitless and open
exposed and raw

and i am the night
close and deep
offering shelter and the secrets
of a thousand burning stars
within your reach.

i cannot be anything else.

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