it got colder

it got colder

and the quality of the darkness

got inky, like the quality of molasses

and journeying at night

has become dangerous

for the lack of visibility


and it’s cold

and that’s deterrent enough for me,

keeping warm with scarves

and long-sleeved shirts


and everyone’s out

and all that body heat and anxiety

doesn’t make it any warmer


the temperature drops

and I just want to stay home


the cold traces its icy fingers

across the skin of my arm

and writes a name I am not allowed

to say out loud


and now I’m wondering:

did it really get colder

or did I just lose the fire inside me?

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