you try to climb the walls
towering over you
slide back down
on blistered, bloodied
you run in circles
searching for
a strong enough
to break you out.
you ignore the straw
while looking
for a lifesaver,
never noticing
that the straw
leads to the loophole
you’re looking for.

how big a miracle
has to happen
for you to wash the dust out of your eyes?


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