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by Stephen Lindsay Satterfield

Time's tyranny -
Wrinkling of the skin,
Weakening of tissue, muscles, and bones.

The joints eating away at one another.
The pathetic immune system -
Colds, nausea incapacitate you.

My sore neck, watery eyes -
No sleep - I am with you.
Relax, just let go...

Sleep, dear one.
Sleep long and join your husband.
I wish this house could keep you.

Obscene gurgling -
Bottom of the lungs giving up.
Blood slowly trickling out of the nose and mouth.

You home is beyond.
Wait for me.
I am no damned good here...

Written by
Stephen Lindsay Satterfield
July 2002.

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Created: July 2002 © Paul Kinder Last Updated: 27/7/02