Dogs 2010

BELLY CRAWL
(6/10/10)


poison ivy
seeped in
between jeans
and t-shirt
attacking me
from crotch
to clavicle
with an itch
incessant

busy
most the day
the irritation
is an afterthought
soliciting
a distracted
scratch
here
and there

at night
however
the intensity
increases
with my mind's
concurrent loss
of mental
occupation

sleep
is difficult
with the feeling
of hundreds of insects
frenetically traversing
a racetrack
of stomach
and chest

I seem
to live within
a womb
of creeping skin
offering no comfort
or protection

exhausted
I finally doze
to dream
of flesh
unafflicted
and ants
contained
within farms
of my
childhood