Essence of Life
By Tara Nicole Walker

What essence of life
Falters Within you?
The part that beats your heart
The lpart that breathes your lungs
But do not be mistaken
For it surely falters
So fragile a thing
Standing on a razor plade
Feet bleeding and sore
The essence will last
But for a moment
While your atonement
Shall last forever
Push on through mists of wanting
Breathing in the foul smoke
Rising from crusty ashes
Of those who have gone before you
This is your essence
This is your life
No escape from the one thing
That remains inevitable
Life... time...
Swallow the blood rising in your throat.

It's easier to scream that way.