Feed me to the fallen leaves

Let their curled teeth crumble

Into my skin

Until I lie leprous and loved

Until I lie devoured and decomposed (loved)

Until our dried veins are crushed together

And I join the potpourri of the forest floor.


Until the wind can lift

The autumn flakes of my breath and bones

And throw them like skipping stones

Over the still spaces of the world,

Leave me to the leaves

I want no more.