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It is a hot weary dead September that slowly flakes
the dry paper from the wall, spun motes swallowed
by furniture and silvering hair. His smokeworn lungs
are lined with dander and dust, the windows sealed
and curtains drawn. In the corner lives an armchair:
thinning red velour, stuffed with gray goose feathers
half-rotted and polyester that reeks of urine. He

rises, stretches and walks down the hall. A bleak
passage from one life to the next, where December
blisters white in a sunning parlor, where the screens
are rusted and reciting susurrant prayers he learned
in Sunday school. In Florida, he learned he loved color
like Dayglo plastic cut into strips and stretched over
creaking tin frames, piled thick with snow and pleading
It's cold in here! He reads a long old book he recalls
enjoying, toes frozen black-stiff and lifeless, cracking
at the bone, left to fester when he decides he'll rest

another day. In the kitchen, April has warmed his supper
in its radiant rotting boil: duck eggs oozing sulfur onto
the green and lilac floor where ants crawl over a picnic
blanket. The red one his mother gave him, beside an Angel
the nun gave him, its sweet pink mouth broken in a rage
when the house closed upon him. Six fat raccoons live in
the cabinets beside baking soda and maggots, so he drifts

into June, alongside his bed, where the honeysuckle bloom
with sickening soft sweet aroma. Tendrils of yellow flowers
that burrow into his mattress, that curl around cum stains
long forgotten and feed off oil-reeking pillows, feasting
on nightmare sweat and the mornings he knows he'll die

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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your work is so inspirational :heart:
glossolalias Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
ty. :heart:
Helldalgo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know a man who lived like this.

Fantastic read.
glossolalias Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
StudioRhapsody Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is simply fascinating! well done!
glossolalias Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
thank you.
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done with the progression of the months and the detail of everything around the man. It makes him look all the more still and forgotten, almost.
glossolalias Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
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