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.