Invisible No More

my love affair with words

Infection

on January 4, 2015

It’s the fear of death that hobbles me

And breaks me in two

It’s these words RAGING inside of me

They have to come out

They have to be free

I cannot die

I CANNOT DIE

Not until I’ve purged all these words

From underneath my skin

From my stomach, my kidneys, my uterus

From the very follicles of my hair

I cannot die

I CANNOT DIE

Not until I’ve screamed them

From the rooftops

Not until I whisper them to the dead

Not until every word inside of me

Is RAGING inside of you

Crawling in through your eyes and ears

My words will infect you

My rage will infect you

I cannot die

I CANNOT DIE
until this infection has spread

So far that no one will forget my name

So far that no one will doubt why I came

I cannot die

I CANNOT DIE
not without spreading my disease

My disease of words

That is less like a gift

And more like a curse

Please don’t let me die

Don’t

Let

Me

Die

3/9/9

 ©Patti Keno


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