prodded, and petted; plied and provoked
and so thrown into the ocean.
wreckage from a ship long ago
the bones crusted with salt
wanting the timid heart it lost to time.
the fish nip at the skin-pricking
the pruny epidermis peeling away, flakes of fish fodder
the organs collapsing into the murky floor
to be stamped on, and pierced by shelled individuals.
the once long lashes float away amongst the plankton
the tendons loosen joints,
I finally began to feel
when feeling ceases to exist.