I am still uneasy about heading
into the rat infested tunnels that are home
to the winding metal snakes
that weave far and wide
beneath the city streets.
The yellow line, a warning,
still haunts me.
The musty odor sets me on edge.
The blackness waiting just around the bend
is enough to make me want to
How it must have stung
when your body hit the carbon steel,
your hollow bones clanging against
breaking from the force.
(In your stupor, you may not have
The dim glow of the distant mechanical beast
grew brighter, harsher,
as it sped up,
staying true to its mark.
I don’t like to think of what happened next.
(I wish I knew what to say to your father,
even after months have passed).