Withering Esther

Written by Tabalith
Art by Jill Burrow

Esther, I have observed every
inch of your skin,
like a snake,
like a coyote,
like a barracuda

There is no end to your body,
there is no beginning
of your muscles,
no color to your
Pumping, quiet blood,
no death to your
screaming cells

I have heard your
voice, Esther,
I have seen your
blooming decay,
I have feared
you ever since

Esther, drag your
body over mine,
infect me with your
toxic juice,
let me crawl
inside you, so
I can find peace

Oh, Esther — !