funeral | a poem

I am allowed to be a child here

her nipples are purple

her nipples are blue

the mouth is gone

ether, leaf, nerves, veins

the suction

ever inexistent

the tongue

saliva, sweet disturbance

lost her head

hair in a ghost’s face

silhouette

branded

flesh torn and screeching hole

air between the stiff fingertips

holding nothingness

images in her brain

deserted

glued to her chest

the fingers grow long and creaky

leaking

broken

head turned towards me

her face is leaking

catastrophe

I’ve never seen her liquefy

dissolve

right beside me

and all I could do

was hold her gaze

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2021 | Instagram: @melpomenepaintings

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