He is lost.
The speckled Mustang is gone
their black and white world
once sharp and simple
blurred and complex
once solid and strapping
disparate and drained.
aroused and intent on manufacturing a sanitized reality
prolonging the tumultuous crush of
heel spurs, whips searing flesh
mouths dripping sweat, spitting insults.
Compelled to continue
until his spirit quashed
its own refrain.
And she, a high-strung graying Philly
has escaped the rankle
raw and resolute.
from a bloodied vortex of undiluted memory
still reeling but fully conscious.
liberated from a black bog.
once forced to digest her faults
now unrestrained and fearless.
lost credits, lost shine, and lost influence.
to imagine a life
beyond black and blue.