litterbug bones
brooding and belligerent
antebellum antibodies
fighting off the infection
the cold climbing spines
claiming breaths and shaking
to the core
mental earthquake
loitering outside the room
asking for change
begging for it
longing to see under their clothes
muscles tense
breath hitches
anxiety and gold rings on slender fingers
spider-leg lashes
want them more
need them more
under the lying tree
old and lewd and
closeted in the heat of the moment
falsehoods are their lullabies
feather-light touches
illuminating their pride in the dark
wanton
wanted,
finally.