Naked Truth

ecstasy loses it wings
and falls to the ground
life loses its charm
and becomes a dreadful burden
the long hard process
or re-centering
sets in
shifting the fulfillment
of belonging
upon oneself

i guide my thoughts with words
to keep them from getting lost
in the chaos of feelings
though they promise me nothing
and do not soothe the ache

every tactic and every trick
to lead me thru this maze
of my own experience
has given way to emptiness
and exposed me once again
to the inevitability
of my own naked truth