They say the universe is expanding.

I understand it must be getting thinner,

The connecting threads,

Further apart

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.


Source: Dissociation


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