The Reluctant Bow by Teri H Hoover
in their stunning hubris, gassed into
a smooth and subtle knot,
obscuring evidence of struggle.
Avoidance of direct routes.
all around creating drag,
like riding in second gear.
bedraggled -melodramatic in their blinded eyes.
Thread bare and tattered.
This drowning occurs in plain sight.
for the deaf.
into his closet
of invisible clothes-
consumed in the dance of laughing lies.
Shielded inside the knot
Number nine repeats in the background
Even as death
ties another knot.
I shift further away.
This weeks words:bare last gear final evidence refresh gassed smooth number white shift nine