I AM TO DIE

By Wayne C. Hannis

On the skeleton of our need, why the horror of the leaving?

The folding up of the white narcissus, darker blue, the moon is white, the night an even hue.

These sounds of bones cracking back, the moans out of the night, crying, bitten.

I wonder what shapes they'll force, what tentacles they'll grow?

Pride swallowed, in the rich galled turnings of my throat.

Possess them in child magic, through all their dreary spread.

While I myself, edged into the terrible acute hatred.

I came to death, with my mind drowning.

The blood screaming, in the empty reservoir of bones.

Can they eat off my skeleton of pain, and die in the Aether Peripheries?

Now petal after petal, turns brown.

I move away in careless death, walking on long knives.


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