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Why is home so cold?

The fireplace burns
And the birds have returned

But why is home so cold?

Come, lay with me, she said
But that’s a stranger in my bed

Why is home so cold?

The sapling has bloomed
The threat of summer looms

But why is home so cold?

It’s quieter than ever
Unlike it’s been in forever

Still, I ask,
Why is home so cold?
Leah Hilliges Sep 20
I lay alone at night
and felt the curtain sway
It blocked out all the light
so long it was not day
I heard the beat of heart
it fought its way through veil
The fog that would not part
it whispered a sad tale
I shuddered 'gainst the wind
that danced in sly and fast
Before my black hair thinned
reminder of the past
And, I knew that come sunrise
My eyes'd betray my lies
Iambic tetrameter
The ugliness of the world
Slips through the cracks,
And hides behind doors,
And the dark veil of the night
That provides protection
For the unkind and the lonely.
It danced to different melodies
and hid behind my eyes--
But
When it tumbled out of my mouth,
The word tasted foreign,
Like a soft peach on a winters eve,
Or a sour plum on a hot summer day.
Leah Hilliges Aug 31
She danced all alone in the revelry
Amidst drunks, and whispering fools
For she’d be deaf in a world without melody

Her smile sung on merrily
She looked like a child at yule
She danced all alone in the revelry

Her eyes begged for clemency
From a life filled with the vile and the cruel
For she’d be deaf in a world without melody

Her feet stepped floorboards respectfully
But with no regard to life’s rules
She danced all alone in the revelry

She heard strange and twisted harmonies
From her mind’s devils, demons, and ghouls
For she’d be deaf in a world without melody

They watched, as she twirled, jealously
Breathless, she collapsed into hell’s fuel
She danced all alone in the revelry
For she’d be deaf in a world without melody
Leah Hilliges Aug 29
It was the pressures of reality
that brought her the psychedelics that
finally introduced her to the devil that
had been filling her lungs with the
salty water of the sea—

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