you made a dark ocean
of twisting, sparkling truths
narrow lines of passage
through lies wrapped in razor wire
that strip beguiled flesh from bone

your spell is broken
the smoke has cleared
the mirrors have shattered
I stand behind enemy lines
an unwitting patriot of an unholy land

betrayal burns through me
a bitter tide of tragic loss
as you are swept
into the noxious sea
of liars and deceivers

covered in the rusted flakes
of your twisted tin fantasy
burned by your seductive fire
bleeding from the inside out
I watch you drown
and I walk away

because you never existed anyway

©2011 Sharon Gerlach

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