Sunburns

things like storms and waves,
forests and mountains
do not apologize for how they behave;
they do not know how
 
i, too, am a force of nature
 
i can’t help the way i am,
it may not have been what you expected,
but i am all aftermath
 
the sun has always shone
without thinking of the heat,
of your fragile skin, of the ultraviolet
light that leaves you burnt and blistered

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