masked by a smile

a dark cloud that blots out a sunset
a dead leaf that floats in the gutter
a discordant note in a chord
a door that groans on its hinges
a name I forgot in a dream
a bird that falls from its nest
a paper bag blown on the wind
a sticky mess, squashed on the floor
a face masked by a smile
a tree that fell in the storm
a fly i swatted away
a flurry of words that drown on a page
a cypher, a dot, stopped on the spot
a negative metaphor
all that i am
has vanished away
as before


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