i ! look ! in ! side ! the fiery eyeballs of my ene ! my ! seeth ! ing ! with ! slime, appointed authority drip ! ping! all ! o ! ver ! their spine, supine with the weight of their sti ! ink ! ing ! mys ! tique ! gloved claws that scratch at touch-sensitive screens! i can't decide, i am beside my judgement i call help i can't feel my feet my mortality is a fleeting thing - it is fleeting ! they call out between the reeds searching for their supper ! but i'm under cover of fallen leaves and moss just biding time until they clear aside so i can step out... i step outside, my courage lurches like seismic shifts alter mountains, pushing bent mantle into the core of what lies beneath me - shoved in the core i keep sliding lower and spray myself with a sticky adhesive hoping i can adhere the skills that i had grappled to pack ! you were just looking, watching for something, i was depending, y'all have no reason, i was book-ending, ripping and mending, you were hand-wringing, i was inside ! new rhyme and reason, shedding my sequins/sequence, leaving a trail but y'all weren't in season, leaving a trail of slime and silver lining until what binds me sepa ! rates and ! parts ! the ! space ! i wander inside! barely alive ! i am consumed by the fumes ! caustic and fully exhumed ! i am a cartoon of doom ! but something between their eyes starts to shift and quiver ! their eyebrows begin to rise questioning the size ! of ! what ! they'd ! marked ! for ! dinner this time ! and we would like to believe that they're somehow different ! but they're not far from us they just discussed different shit on the , on the bus, the school bus, with all their faces nonplussed ! why so nonplussed ???? i thought i saw them i thought i saw them snacking on the remains of human figures... i thought i saw them i thought i saw them whistling i couldn't ascertain... i thought i saw them i thought i saw them ! the opulence drips on their placemats while deceit wriggles out of their mouths - like worms ! and sticking your hand in a beehive they'll be juicing your mind like a rind ! salt taste ! fake waste ! go back inside !