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Victorious | Poetry

The Light in My Sky: Photography by Shawn Michel de Montaigne

What swells within me: life and death, lust and revenge,

a remembered conversation, a long-dead loved one …

The rays of light whose sun shines only in me,

whose warmth comforts only those crevasses and valleys and peaks I can climb,

whose breeze-rippled waters call to mind fathomless depths only I can plumb,

whose bite refreshes as it is swallowed,

whose bite is only mine, can forever only be mine …


What swells within me this world cannot touch, cannot pollute, cannot stalk,

cannot criticize, cannot overpopulate, cannot befoul—try as it might.


I recline for a nap, victorious once more.


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Photography: The Light in My Sky by yours truly