A Thought Upon Departure from the Body

Posted on 19 April 2010

The current of blood slowing,
the circuit open, off,
vessels tipped, siphoned,
spilled from the cast,
sieve of ribs,
skin livid, fluid
amassing in the back,
the heart billowing,
then sighing itself soft, flaccid,
the bellows of the lungs
expelling themselves lax,
muscles contracted,
pathways snuffed,
at last slackening-
all of it turning to slough-

I thought I would miss
that fierce machinery,
that foundry.

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