Posted by: David Harley | April 5, 2013

St. Sebastian of the Skinner’s Box

I threaten you
with violence:
you threaten me
with chemotherapy.

Deltoid
Gluteus Maximus
Vastus Lateralis

throb
in tremulous anticipation
of liquid fire

intramuscular cognac
heralding black tranquillity

Published in Chaff 3 around 1986(?). Copyright 1976 by David Harley. (Like much of my writing from that period, it’s directly influenced by time spent in psychiatric nursing.)

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