set in our sap

a room

divided

hung fabric

conceals a doorway

draped to the floor

velvet cold

the weight brushes your skin

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chest first

limbs lag behind

passing                        more like pushing

trudging through   a   thick   dense  fog

your  body drags                   off balance

                   as if trying to run in a dream

a      force      repels       and      attracts

                   a   spindle    caught

                   in     a     magnetic

                               field

engulfed into darkness                                 veiled by a vast void

endlessness     surrounds          you

an unreachable expanse

sinking slightly into the ground beneath you

   moist soil layered with mulch and mosses

deep               rich                   earthy               scent

                           damp feathered bark and petrichor

my body standing

a soft glow radiating from my throat

gently illuminating

outlines

ridges

an arm outstretched

i take you by the hand

roots begin to form and emerge from the pores of my skin

growing out from my bones reaching for the soil beneath us

searching

                                              for something tangible to cling to

they unfurl in different directions

crack as they slither     

gnarled and groaning

contorting as they extend

our scale fluctuates

oscillating variations

we shiver

tremble through the shift

in our settled form

you sit in my cupped hands     

i bring you to my lips

the faint warmth of my breath 

  satin  

flows from my nostrils

pouring down the indentation of my philtrum 

 cascading

a rain of arrows arching from my cupid's bow

tender labial cushions

a purse of tensile tissue 

 silken flesh bolsters ribbed by plumpen vesicles

they open for you

 s l i g h t l y   p a r t e d  w i t h  p a t i e n c e 

                   you peer inside to reveal my monstrous tongue 

placid and waiting

you tentatively tread the fuzzy bulbous buds

that coat the surface of my upper tongue

caged by a border of calcified enamel bricks

timestamped by their striations

forking veins and gelatinous nodules

emblazon the arched vault of my nave

the gritty scratch of friction as the head of a match struck

a hissing splutter as it bursts to life

i set you alight

your body ignites

a blaze that lights up the cavities   

folds

 crevasses

an emergency flare

swallowed by these walls

you smoulder in a comforting heat 

float mid air 

your fumes i inhale 

disintegrate to conscious fragments

pulling smoke deep into my lungs

your ashy residue a sooty pile on my tongue

i taste your particles

with each exhale there rises a tremor

you descend the canal 

follow the hum

resonating from the vertical drop

ahead

tracing the wave of vibrations

pulsating amber light 

petrified molten amorphous mass 

throbbing                  

shimmering 

 beating

drum

webbed 

by

taut

stretched

tendons

a hornets nest melded to the rafters

buzzing light particles trapped inside

glimmer reflections

crystalline paradox 

paralysing in its preservation

glacial shards formed to shield 

hermetical  

impenetrable

unyielding

a room                                                                             divided

thick resin

hung fabric

conceals a doorway

draped to the floor

velvet cold

the weight brushes

your skin

                 a language smothered

                 c r o a k s     a n d     c r e a k s

                 shadow wisps trapped in situ

                 contained           contaminated

filament threads suspended 

linger

mid-stitch

confined in stagnant nectar 

seeping from vessels 

filling the fissures

a swell in my throat

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indecipherable words

scream as they surface

scorching braille on my skin

scaling my body with its reptilian eyes

i wrap it in fabric to suffocate it more

i build a tower to raise my legs

rope burns sear my ankles 

toes electric 

stinging numb

passing                         more like pushing 

trudging  through   a   thick   dense   fog 

your body drags                    off balance    

                   as if trying to run in a dream

a      force      repels       and       attracts       

 

                   a    spindle    caught      

                    in      a      magnetic     

                                field 

clavicle tight

key strained in its lock 

unhinged

threatening to snap

whittled to a sharp point

engulf d into dark                           veil           void 

e n d l e s s n e s s        s      o u n d s                         y o u 

                                                                an  reachable expanse

i map the space between my shoulder blades 

score my skin with sigil 

raise the markings by my own hand

let it absorb through my flesh

grasp its breath

exposed 

inflamed

       sink      light    in    the ground  be  eat  

       moist   s  l                it     mulch    d  os e

spill

a cold trickle of sweat

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escapes from my oxter

tickles each rib uninvited

rot

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