a long life II.

nelron

A Long Life

Pigeon-toed
diphtheria.

 

Acne with
an outburst
of resentment.

 

Shattered knee
caps, busted
collar bone,
a head
full of
migraines.

 

So much
sickness &
deformity,
pneumonia mumps
scarlet fever
whopping cough
& more still.

 

The long
nights of
anxiety.

 

There’re
no reward
for such
suffering
except a
honed instinct
for survival.

 

Survive past
a certain
point &
you become
immune to
to cancer.

 

He should
have been
dead
long ago,
said the
analysts,
but there
he stands,
cleft tongue
& all.

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