Negative Capability

You
Still stuck to the head yet I sense a
Singular progression
Moving ahead and fading
Maybe a bit of regression thrown in
too
Sometimes I’m disinclined to consider
the way forward
Veteris vestigia flammae
Ashes Ashes We all fall down
The weave and flow
of being
These moments nudge and hint
Think of this
The
Great Northern Lights
Though I’ve never seen them
No
Not ever
Just photographs
And that is exactly why I make
the comparison
You are the leftovers of a vibrant
Undulating
Rippling
Rolling
Aurora Borealis
A glimpse of something unreal
and dazzling
Visceral threads connecting
to my irritated veins
Waning across the empyrean night
You
flickered in and out of life
Quickly
And now there is a cold darkness
Across
the landscape of what
Was
With exception to the occasional spark
of memory
A glimmer of you
Perceived
and just as quickly vanishing
Like a phantasm
or a Valkyrie shield
It turns over and over in my mind
The same puzzle
and somehow it makes sense for me to
Question to doubt
to wonder aloud whether
The
Vainglorious Northern Lights even
Exist

At
All

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