Nor Burning in my Gut

Sword of Damocles, 1812, by Richard Westall

Sword of Damocles, 1812, by Richard Westall

You are not the sun, nor
the moon, and neither
the song of a wind
breathless at the foreplay
before the tempest deprives the sky
of its immodesty.
You are not the flutter
in my heart, nor burning
in my gut, and neither
the air, which absconds with my reason
and leaves me devoid of shame.
No, you are
Damocles’ sword
and I am
a king.

~ryas

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