The Ancient Modern

Anguish In This Flame  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill

Between the mountains Not-yet-
knowing-need & Wanting-what-

you-have-and-are is this Valley 
of Compulsive Envy.  I simply 

call it Hell.  But I’m no longer 
desperate to escape.  You see, 

I’ve lived here for many years
& am no longer fooled.  I know

the secret.  I know desperation 
is just another of its tortures

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2021 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.

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