Coward's Weight

dead weight pulls at my neck,
choking words off of my charred tongue.
i am done
with living a coward’s life,
pulling imaginary strings,
and pretending that they hiss.

for so long, too long,
i have hid behind my mind’s eye,
converging within a sin
that lifted me up in a hellish fire.
life was simpler
when dreams were just dreams,
and sorrow was just a feeling.