the humble soldier when. in a war of ifs.
all the colors. that's what it is. or none of them. the ground pretends it's still there.
far. too far she knows. that much is always certain.
stuttering gravity. soft crayons drowning in paper.
the ebbing traffic. the lazy ghosts. thumbing through strangers. the cult of curiosity. the dogma of indifference. skin like stray cats. voices like thieves. no possessions. only borrowed chances. culling their portals from equal parts addiction and sober.
obvious jailers. subtle judges. the blur of hope. the clarity of surrender.