Missing

How long have I been running from you?

the pounding of my heart,

the dampness of my thighs.

How long have I neglected you?

Fearful of your whispers

your longing

your insatiable desire.

Really I am like the rest of you,

a tyrant in sheep’s clothing,

a hunter cloaked in a façade.

As I pick up speed,

The forest crashes under my feet.

Branches scratching at my skin,

Tearing at my hair,

Bloodying my body.

It is here in this cathedral

I am seeking punishment,

I am seeking to be free.

I hear myself panting

breathless

Trying to escape the shame

the guilt

that isn’t even mine.

 

That’s how I went missing.

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