Sunset

The sunset absorbs me


in violet rays


and shades of


burnt umber,


streaking my emotions


in a dappled sheen


and exposing


every one of my flaws,


highlighting


each and every


imperfection,


the dips and grooves


of my compassion,


the jagged walls


of my regret,


the solid ball of


resentment,


and, as the night


closes in,


I draw it about me


like a velvet cloak,


shrouding


the worst of it


in any way I can,


holding it all


inside.

j.sexton ✨

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