My mind is filled with terrible conjectures even as I sit on a solemn hillside
beneath a tree making suggestions in nearly human speech.
Red glares harass the greenery as undercurrents of ugly
escape from the holes in my shoes and the cuff of my sleeve.
I never thought I’d blame you like this or make a declaration about what you deserve
but the sun is a moment of iridescent decay, a foretaste of fallenness
in a substance of rot and groan and the familiar white epoch
of your body remains comely, almost lifelike, a blemish floating across my eye.
Richard King Perkins II
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.