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We returned to town to

Stir things up,

Play with the creatures

That would chase us about.

We’d have our time with them

Knowing we’d be safe just past the city limits.

They were unable to leave, and

They knew this.

They adhered to their law of fear.

Hell, they were just as afraid of us,

If not more, for

They had faces just like ours

And they couldn’t stand to see

Us like that.

We were despair to them.

We eventually stopped going back

Because we grew up, got married, got

New jobs, had children, but

We thought about what would have happened

If we kept returning.

It made our stoic faces carve foreign expressions.

Some time later, I spotted one outside

Just running along—like a dog

After an invisible car.

I watched this creature with my face

Disappear as I sat in a chair, watching

The valley in the distance catch fire.

It burned until the sky smoldered

Into an ash pit.