Ashes

I laid upon the ER floor
Waiting
Writhing
Pain
Please
No more
Still no one came
The floor felt good
Cold, receiving
Welcoming, still

I laid
and moaned
The sound crept out
It burst its way
Out of my gut
My spout
Announcing
Pain
Is here
Inside
Inside my gut
I gave in
I cried

I cried in quiet
Yes
For the pain
The twisted bowels
And howling stain
But I cried deeper
Deeper down
As I laid there
On the ground

I cried
Because I saw myself
From outside myself
I saw me there
On the floor
Lying in pain
No one came
And no one came

Instead I heard a voice inside my head
That ugly voice
That drums on dread
She whispered sinister in my ear
“So, is this how one puts out a fire dear?”

I wondered, true
Is she right?
I am, I was a fire bright
The gauntlet run
Survived and soared
Is now a cinder on
The ER floor

Kat

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