Affected

Unravel the webs-

S t i c k y and sumptuous

On your fingers.

Pull — apart — the sinews and

Strip the sheaths of nerve.

Rip it all bare.

Annihilate the flesh as if it were invasion.

It is.

When do we cease to be ourselves?

We call it chronic illness from the word

Chronos.

As if the intruder gave a fuck about timing.