©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

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

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