See Pap

Pap sleeps with his mouth and nose
encased in a triangularish plastic mask
that pushes air pressure into his lungs
to keep his body alive longer.

Darth Vader springs to mind
or Lloyd Bridges under the sea
or the hatchling from Alien
or somebody in a war zone.

The dread with which he approaches
the mechanical squid, as he calls it,
conjures up illusions of leeches
squiggling down into his throat,

drowning in a kindly dungeon
under the supervision of good cop—
what is the difference
between kink and medicine?

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About riverwriter

Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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