the crows are calling
put the pictures away
abandon the grave
shrinking in the distance
they left us behind
here to wander
searching for sunlight
in every direction
their darkness set them free
while ours holds us captive
claw at the walls
scream at the guard
we give in
we succumb
telling them whatever they want to hear
speaking in their truths
that we know are lies
just to get some space
to entice them
into loosening up these chains