sun’s hidden
behind boiled and charred clouds
yet dare I lift my head
and turn my face to hers,
withstand her veiled glare?
 
her gaze envelops me
radiance (un)covers my skin
but when I glance back
with trembling hesitation,
 
an abyss opens before me
light-flooded and dazzling
I perspire in pale heat
until I’m blind & fossilized clouds
cauterize the sun