gut rot pining

a barren spread
a house of cards



biting acid
seizing chest
tears blur
the seeing eyes



crave for mother
crave for sister
crave for cousin, twice removed



itch straw mattress
all the peas gone bad
a fever, a chill
dancing as
the wick of the oil lamp jumps



reaper — you do so
wear me down
you haunt me
and afflict thine sting
reaper — sit down
this hospice bed is lonely
tell me a story
… just one more time