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Beneath the sweltering sun
I lie carefully exposed
endeavoring to offer all possibilities
of ecstasy or terror.
Tragically, too much proves not enough
and my nudity serves only the crows,
the mockingly glorious sky.
How NOT to lie face down
bare on the scalding sand
becomes my new challenge
because love yearned, craved
is not love gained –
how to face the unreachable heavens?
Wasting away as parched earth
provides comfort from searing pain
never loosening its grip
harboring the ultimate devastation
of slaughtering, massacring all control
and abandoning my naked body
as soulless carrion.