DISSOCIATION by Bart Wolffe
They say the universe is expanding.
I understand it must be getting thinner,
The connecting threads,
Like a hand you can no longer hold
That has slipped away in time.
Exoskeletal the hollowed trunk remains,
The inside eaten out.
This termite burrowed borrowed illusion
Of life remains.
They have mummified my skin
But removed its inner organs,
I am only the whorled hull of the shell
Not the world’s whole.
The well is hollow as an empty skull.
Drop in a stone and rattle
This dry gourd, a mausoleum’s lifeless walls
Echo of a clanging gong, the tolling bell.