woven by Robert Mayo

  Illustration by Cameron Lee and Lily Ha

Illustration by Cameron Lee and Lily Ha

I am a bearer of dead things
the catheter hangs
around my neck
like a noose, loosely tied strings
fluid tubes, bodies, heck -

                                  He coughs and sputters for the cold drink
                                  but the nurse has said

                                  “He’s failed his
                                                                swallow test.
                                                                                          (I am so sorry, darling)

Then latch
                to the beachhead.
there is no place outside of dark hallways
harshly lit fluorescent lights