From Red to Black, poetry written by Dan Leicht at

From Red to Black

From Red to Black

written by: Dan Leicht



There are spiders everywhere

In my lungs
spinning webs
casting away each breath

I can no longer breathe

There is a man talking on his phone below my balcony
telling his daughter it will be all right

A spider crawls over my leg
up to my throat
the music in my ears is loud
and I can no longer hear myself breathing
no longer feel it

I’ve stopped breathing

The music is vulgar
but the man is shouting

I don’t believe him
his tone would be softer

The spiders have made a home beside my heart
with every beat they constrain it more
until the red is webbed in white
and everything turns black

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