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I have been drunk on fear,
       alone and lost within a wilderness
            of alleys, tenements,
                  and tears.

Now, blindly, I reach for you,
       blazing in the night,
             crying, hungry --
My heart on fire,
       my burning eyes closed tight
             against denial.

Dark angel, your warm touch
       ignites the charred and weeping husk
             of my beleaguered soul.

I seek annihilation in your kiss,
       for in your arms each night
             I flare and die,
And every morning rise
       once more made new.

                              Rachel Duncan