Smiles hidden behind miles of printed cloth weddings and the Christmas we called off people we loved and held dear everlasting warnings have led to national mourning for things that have gone and cannot be replaced and we have chased the rainbows that appeared on every window, every door what was that for to make us feel one for all, all for one until we could look up and find the sun in its proper place once again and dodge the pain of the mental rain which has been falling washing out dreams and churning them to soggy dust most of all we have lost our trust that sense that everything will all be ok has upped and melted away chopped down, chipped up like the limbs of a tree and with it our sense of certainty the shock is profound because we have found that we stand on much shakier ground than anyone thought it could possibly be
I am sure of you because I’ve never needed perfect moments with you. I don’t need to stand underneath a mistletoe or fireworks to kiss you. I don’t need a romantic evening to want you. I don’t need a weekend of activities to enjoy you. I don’t need a good joke to laugh at you. I am sure of you because of the way I feel grocery shopping with you. I am sure of you because of the way I feel cleaning the house with you. I am sure of you because of the way I feel disagreeing with you. I am sure of you because of how much I love the mundane things of life with you.
The fog's captives were held motionless and entranced— frozen in a bearingless nothing. There had existed within them only a moment of anticipation as the grey encased them— vacillations between the loss of one world and acceptance of another. As its vaporous cold snaked through their clothes and into their bones, it whispered a silent boast of how quickly they could be made to forget all they thought they knew to be certain.
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Beyond boundaries Shuttered blinds Guessing lines on faces all of those have saving graces What we see is not always conceived Payment in kind Who do you know with certainty and the effects we project Before during and after Do you understand yourself enough to communicate through life