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a slippery piece of the universe

a slippery piece of the universe breaks off in my hands
a voice tells me this piece is my life
i'm to somehow turn it into something bright
but i turn it over and over
and all i find is decay, and hatred, and lies, and unrequited feelings
here and there bits of hope dance
but pain and despair and extinguished dreams drown out the music
and the dance ends
i turn over my piece of the universe
i try my best to make it bright
but it slips from my hands, and falls, and falls, and shatters
and the dust of it blows away