The invisible enemy
Moving slowly like a river
Untouchable, unstoppable
Tearing into skin like the ubiquitous cut worm.
Eating,
Always eating,
Flesh clinging to weak bones.
Radiation dulls its fury
It curls up and briefly rests.
Broken body lifts itself from the edge.
Just as the sun begats the rain
The invisible enemy circles again.
Back inside
Turning the warmth to ice
Noodle bones no longer stand
Eyes glazed without hope
Beauty under dust, forgotten.
Like deadly Othello
Black fills the body
Bile all that escapes
Voicebox frozen
Communication breakdown.
The last year’s a monologue
Sepia memories
Hidden tears.
One day the bed is empty.
Just another victory for the invisible enemy.