when you look away.

black rot creeps
through the roots
unknown to me
it spreads
breaking out through
our trembling skin
into a network of black veins,

our hearts lay covered in pulpy blackness
still red in places where
love breathes
love suffocates.

and like a fragile vine
we droop,
touched by unfathomable darkness,

I catch it in your black eyes
even when you look away.

© SoulReserve 2020

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