Ribcage Prisoner

Cory Monday

Chicago, United States

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Pain is a demanding tenant
coiled at the base of my spine
it’s up at all hours
of the night -
claws its way up
my ribcage
like a ladder
digging its talons
into my tailbone
it perches
on my Adam’s Rib
grabs me by my throat
and takes me
shakes me
wakes me up
then
breaks me down

bit by bit
bone by bone

banging on my skull
like a drum
pouding out its beat
in my blood
in a frenzy
that brings me to my
knees
- i hit the ground
then hit the bottle

pills
or wine

two, four, six, nine -

its all the same
its all in the name
of drowning the pain
my troublesome tenant
(i should really raise the rent)
until it evolves
grows some gills
and it will
because you can’t kill it
and you can’t kick it out
you can only make its home
a little less hospitable

for awhile

Until it develops a habit
right along with you
and then, my friend,
You’re screwed.

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