Soon Comes the Fall

GILDED APPLE

righteousness
embellished rage
a gilded apple
in a rusting cage
rattling oaths
to curse the night
protect the heart
from slightest slight
falsely curse
offenders pale
wraiths who haunt
your iron jail
drop the bones
invoke the sage
seek wisdom
from the magic age
let the golden
heart reveal
your tenderness
your mass appeal
scratch the gilt
expose your shame
pretentious power
shadow’s game
strength in daring
lays all bare
the fear, the guilt
the thick despair
confess through bars
that peel and flake
you’re nothing rare
you’ve made mistakes
cloaked in sorrow
starkest shame
an apple bruised
with none to blame

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