Seeing Red, poetry written by Christine E. Ray at
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Seeing Red

Seeing Red

written by: Christine E. Ray



blue and white capsules
ingested daily
devour my melancholy baby
always ravenous
they strip the protective coating
off vulnerable neurons
leaving them raw
the faintest whisper
or intimation
that I fail to please
am not enough
makes irritation rise a
red tide
up my spinal column
forcing fluid rage
into hollows
ossification has crudely
carved into each
lupine claws extend
gruff growl grows
low in my throat
and I am prepared
in that heartbeat
to shred tender flesh-
yours or mine-
clean to the bone

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