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The Fruit of Failure

A Year of Sonnets #83

Photo by Daniel Jensen on Unsplash

It’s easy, love, to let your fingers slip,
to swallow all defiance at a glance
so full of ice and horror you may skip
a breath or heartbeats — and you lose the chance
that you have built with weary industry,
a thousand sacrifices, little joys
deferred until hard labor sets you free.
And then you fail. The sacrifice was noise
and empty air — like Orpheus with love,
returned from Hell with…



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Zach J. Payne

(He/They) Ninja Writer. Thespian. Queer. Essayist, poet, novelist.