she came to me one night,

the stars breathing light,

caressing away feeling,

as i lay kneeling,

soothed deep until numb,

speaking words rendered dumb,

her kisses grew,

rampaging through,

tearing at a thudding heart,

sliced agonisingly apart,

eyes dimmed, tears streaming,

clawing at walls, imprisoned by dreaming,

breaking free, shackles broken, bent,

consigned to the now, this ever present,

plastic shell,

this enduring hell?

yet, yet, hope persists,

hope resists,

for as another year flees,

hope blossoms,

in fresh leaves,

defiantly dancing,

on living, breathing trees.