it is to be noted
in all the experiments
conducted on all the test subjects
that a nanobot cannot continue to heal damage
that is continuously and evenly applied.
there's a cot in the backstage of the ASILE stage
in the blood
of a million shows past
that cannot be vacated because
with an open belly
and the dragging of entrails.
so he thinks,
under the burning canopy of the world they knew,
MAYBE THIS IS HOW
HE'S COMING BACK TO ME.
for the smoke to cloud his cataracts
and end his breath
with a smile
because there's only two things he sees,
and they both fade to