too late to change

down the long hallway
steps clack on wooden floors
knobs rattle frantically
all the doors are locked
a screen door beckons
toward a clear spring day
only to recede with each step
porcelain bowls on side tables
smash to the floor as I pass
my past looms behind me
like the sea’s constant threat
pulsing  through the night
(September 22, 2013)

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