manfred

smouldering, he says. wilting like lavender
grey as the rubble or swollen cadaver
spilling, sweet sachets to splatter blue jeans
smudges of oily ash marring his hue. pallor.
streaked. like a renegade. like an animal.

traipsing through wild grass, now lavenderless
he pauses by sunken marsh, heavily reeking;
soured skin. fetid flesh. innards. dank hair.
clasps a moist palm to his mouth, slightly gaping,
flushed red and heaving. as though in bewilderment.

wilderness; tangled, plain matted in parts.
like an animal, he tears through the knots
swift and violent. with gnarled, tawny tooth.