Open Space

by SMM


An open space of land.

A bed.

To lie down.

Falling into sleep.

Placing you above the surface.


Until the blinds lift.

Your eyes receiving light.

Before you is an open space of land.

Dry deserted.

Infertile ambitions.

Rest on the surface.


Scorching sun resembling a passion you once knew.

Sun is drawn to the horizon.

You realize you are bare.


With no real purpose.


Wasting away at every exhale of the wind.

Shrinking at every inhale.


On an open space of land.

You are fruitful.

Only when your remains penetrate the land.

Encouraging new life.

From your decomposing existence.


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