horsemen/

©2021 Michael Raven

i am pain

∴

syringe injected acid rust
corrupt rotten meat
distended joint gristle
shrieking banshee howls
rubbed raw on river rock
frenzy liquored gangrene

and poison

that too

∴

there is no sleep
only wakeful slumber
segue slide to opaque scrim
 the cards shuffle shuffle shuffle
those manic birds overhead
recalling my sins

just
in case i forgot

oh, moonbeam
why me?

∴

leaden in the belly
i navigate my corpses again
my own sad moment
in the role of sisyphus
with shame my stone
the third time
perhaps?
perhaps?
per--

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