Love Beyond the Veil

Darling, oxygenated blood is red

while deoxygenated blood is blue,

necrotizing fascitis consumed you,

but elegance blossoms best in the dead.

Group A Streptococcus entered and fed

upon your unsuspecting soft tissue,

excreting toxins as they gorged and grew.

Gangrenous necrotic flesh sloughed and shed

until several of your organs failed

and you died. How fortunate an event,

before you were cast to the devouring

flame of the machines, you came weak and ailed

to me like a sublime gift heaven sent,

although your scent is overpowering.