The Man Who Swallowed Himself by Stephen J. Dawson Jr.
These are an old man’s last dying words,
Lined in absurdity of voices he’s heard,
“To my unnotice, my heart beats so still
With a filling, if absent, still much harrowed will.”
But unknowing the touch of a woman in bed,
Or of nature, of God, or of feeling,
He’s the shape of a man who has swallowed himself,
And, trapped in his head, an abandoning health
That he led through the life he was stealing.
– Stephen J. Dawson Jr.
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