The Body Has Left In Pieces

first it was the legs that simply disappeared
then the arms took the hands and left in quiet prayer
a torso should be enough to hold a head high but the heart just isn’t there
the spine is still intact and continues to play along though it abnormally curves in fear
when the eyes align
I swear I’m alive
but the body isn’t here

 

Sertraline

in a heavy fog I am swallowed
washed out of my skin
peeled at every layer

any doctor could take a bite
chart my territory in a book
mark me for my subjects
and when they are through

sertraline is waiting
she is gray
she is blue
she matches me in mood

and I
treat her better
than strawberry fields
dandelions
honeysuckle

her ability is greater
her strength is true
and when I take her
I am washed away
washed away

a different kind of new