oh to die
to die in the dirt
for the brief peace between
the now and next hurt
the thousandfold searing
eternal hearth
increasing heat
since the eve of my birth
patiently waiting
for my time on earth
to erode like lips by the
barren skull’s mirth
terrified realization that
it was all i was worth
i earned divine wrath
in its heighth and girth

-m.p. 10/14/2016