i didn’t know nature could be so quick

the way the dawn
came through the window
and told us we were ready
that we had always been ready

the sunlight peeled us back
and stripped us
of everything we had been carrying
for so damn long

it showed me the hidden
blues and greens
that dot the auburn expanse
inside the burning forest
of eyes
that have traveled so far
and seen so much

we have peeled away lifetimes
to get to the skin
that surrounds us
like a blanket
and covers us
so that we may sleep
even as our eyes are open

to every part of your body
i have not yet discovered
i can only ask for patience
and a light to find my way


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