"call me monster, or
call me witch."
...don't you understand?

if you are careless with your words,
they may well settle on someone's skin like flower petals in spring,
like sighs in the rain.
they may wear them like hallowed jewels.

they know what you mean when you spit them out,
mouth filled with the usual toxicant:
"we are everything you fear."

phoenix rises, kirin burns.
the holy flame ignited fierce and pure.
you wallow in their ashes,
and fade to nothingness.

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