cough

muscles wrench,
up all night.
hack away -
their best attempt at exorcism.

We Got No Sleep.
he says.

muscles spasm,
sore red tender raw

sorry -
she says.
muscles sore,
try their best to cleanse

No Sleep. 
again.
to say:

I did not help.

I drew no bath
I made no tea
I rubbed my own back and
laid,
and prayed
you would just
stop.
So I Could Sleep


And there they lay:
the boy the girl tight muscles over
organs,
forging way for new

all wanting the same, praying
it would stop.