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Use The Exits - Poem by Landrey

the building is burning,
threatening collapse.
yet I stand,
as dumbfounded.
with no motivation
I seek no escape.
seemingly worthless―
my life is silent.
the only hope
glimmering true,
is if I endanger
another soul.
self-preservation? ?
weak against heroic selflessness.
I do not wish on her
the pain of cremation.
but if it threatened her
or affected us
I’d have to care.
someone for whom I’d exit.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 7, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 14, 2011

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