• Max Mundan

Wailing Down the Hall


drifting

in and out

listening

to my skin

crawl

it whispers

of a million

microscopic

pains

"Grab a pen,"

it says,

"let me help you

identify

then catalog

them all."



and somewhere on the brink of sleep

a lonely, haunted banshee

goes wailing down the hall



if it wasn't for

these tubes

and wires

i'd raise my fingers

to wipe this flop sweat

from my face

the resident succubus

bends

to brush her lips

against my neck

then turns

her back on me



it must be her

i hear all night

wailing down the hall






was that you

who came

to visit me?

or were you

just a dream?


i can taste

your disappoint

in me

as if it were

a mint


the nurses here

are taunting me

with cigarettes

i'll never smoke

when suddenly

it dawns on me



That every night and all along

it's been my voice i’ve heard

wailing down

the hall

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