Stolen Fire (Falling From a Star)

          For those surviving the fire,
                    powerless as Prometheus pyrolized—

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     Are you pro-Me, or just the Us?
Guilt feasts only on the liver of cowards.
     This meat, however, it never
was your flesh, former lover, to even have

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     or devour. Yet, injusticed, in
a postured gesture of poor faith restored to
     fullness of vigour, and renewed
strength, I offer pieces our vulture, no more

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     impressed by either of us, pours
his breath on. Unquestionably suggestive,
     relentless as another myth
some mononymous antihero squanders

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     their enervating legacy
perpetuating, this energy blows. It’s
     effusive, how, so much like those
whose theft of flame heat and anguish befell, we

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     now tell those who’ll listen that hell’s
a prison without walls. And, persistent, cost
     repays no one at all, always
comes across as punishment for pissing off

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     gods by wanting to become them
ourselves. And, worsening, words, conditional
     on forming sentences your mouth
spits, our circumstances echoes eclipse. Get

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     overshadowed by rumours our
vulture’s wings uplift. Downwind of Olympus,
     carried on the lips of zephyrs,
even the winds know which prince not to get with.