the phoenix arose (2005)

the phoenix arose

soaring majestically

bleaching the blue

out of the sky

leaving hues of red

orange and yellow

in its stead

the flight continues

the sky luminous

until the bird finds the truth

the truth chokes him

the pain causes tears to fall

from his eyes

creating small fires below

from soaring to careening

no longer majestic

but like a stone

thrown by a child

skipping across the sky

only to sink

and slump 2 to the earth below

the flames continue

though not adding 2 the legend

but slow roasting the bird

into the ashes of which it came

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