One Body

by Zachary A. Horn

One body
masquerading
as separate forms.

A mad mind
convinced
of its separability
from pain.

Gripped
in the madness
of a sensory veil.

One body
writhing
in pain.

Poison
racing to a heart
in shared veins.

Lips
rejoicing
at the
other half’s pain.

Convinced
of the supremacy
of tongue and teeth
upheld by feet
unable to sustain
the body’s forward march.

With poison
in the heart
and death
in the lungs.

Lips and tongue
draw no breath
and breathe no air.

Unable
to articulate
the mind’s final
triumphant glee.

One body
under siege
convinced
by a mad mind
of its supremacy.

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