Saturday, January 30, 2016

intubated [2010]

white noise combatants
wrestling with sleeping
slapping at tendrilous
     flailing flesh alive

contriving dying

scrapping animal division
     along arteries
clocks shackled to them

arms wrapped in arms

tangling penitence     strapped
     into shameful smiles     cracked
eyes screaming 
     swollen     begging

hearts enmeshed and torpid
awaiting incision

clot teetering in crotch
and reproaching God 
     ugly     aching
spilling down septic halls 

smoking delirious     the stink
through gray tubes
affixed to throat after throat after throat

a droning dirge resounds

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