I slinked 1,000 miles away just to get a fresh breath on my own.

The wounded warrior from the battles is tired of the tedium.

Am I seeing what needs to be known on my Gemini Twin’s day?

The battered flow is shedding old skin

as I stand like Virginia alone in the room,

pick a prayed-over path to the pleasure of pure divinity like Lenore,

The story is rewritten as I (re)live this lineage—

what doesn’t kill you makes you a stronger stranger.

Clutch the pearls—here we go again.