The Enemy Within

There. I see you now.  On the periphery. Hiding.
You’re walking. Stalking. Waiting. Wanting in.
Skulking in the shadows of regret. Hungry.
Hating. Waiting for a moment opportune
To seize the powerless vacuum of possibility.
It’s no matter. The madder one isn’t can’t shield us.
One shining moment of hope is all you need to take. To break us.
You feed and breed on a life imagined in the rays of a rising sun
Until your offspring abruptly erupt and worm their tendrils
Into the thread the Fates decreed that was the seed.
And when one’s fire burns bright and brilliant with shame
You, the enemy within the game, will spy the throne
And with roar of exultation extinguish the flame.

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