My love went down under the frozen ground

My love went down under the frozen ground

And left me standing, staring up at the empty sky

Into that void there came a graphic understanding

Of all the other points of interest that existence might afford;

Learn quick the ways of pain’s deep and cutting edge

Working like a wire thread, slick through the muscle and bone;

Also anger, a bright white flash of rage blinding,

All other senses scatter;

Helplessness, pitiful desperation and impotency

The melancholy shudder brings the human form to its knees;

Crippling ache and longing, wrapping like nettle vines

Around the metaphorical body;

Then conquers all the quakes of fear – like a paralytic bite;

And to their mutual complicity

We give one word: Despair

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